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On way out, Chicago Mayor Daley designates former anti-gay police station as home for low-income LGBT seniors

On his last day as head of Chicago, Mayor Richard Daley, who has historically had a good relationship with the city’s LGBT community, is giving one final token of good will to gay Chicagoans — in particular, elderly gay residents.

The city is planning to sell a former police station located in the North Side of town in a neighborhood commonly referred to as Boystown to a nonprofit housing developer to build low-income housing for senior citizens, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Daley is expected to announce the sale (for $1), which still requires City Council approval, at a press conference Friday

The station, Town Hall District station at 3600 N. Halsted St., which closed in 2010, was known for being place of discrimination (PDF) to Chicago’s gay community.

The developer, Heartland Housing, Inc., part of Heartland Alliance, is planning to price about 90 apartments for lower-income renters, according to the Sun-Times. Though the project will not be exclusive to gay renters, its location — next door to an LGBT community center and in the ward of openly gay Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) — is expected to attract gay seniors.

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