Hill Arboretum Apartments
2040 Brown Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201
Hill Arboretum was the realization of a dream of former Sears executive and OTR Chairman Emeritus, Don Gustafson. The Hill Arboretum Apartments are the only apartments in OTR’s portfolio that we did not build from the ground up. They were created in 1991, from the conversion of a former community hospital facility into a single level apartment building. In 2011, Hill underwent a major renovation rehabilitating apartments and unit kitchen areas, heating systems, and facade improvements. Residents now enjoy stainless steel appliances, Shaker cabinetry, and wood-look laminate flooring in their kitchens and entry ways. In 2019, OTR also installed updated wood-look laminate flooring in the hallways of Hill. Residents have the option of signing up for the meal plan which provides high quality dinners for a modest fee 5 days a week. Hill residents benefit from great community resources including schools, shopping, and public transportation with good access to the PACE bus that provides dial-a-ride service to people with physical disabilities. Total savings per year to taxpayers versus institutional settings is over $830,000. Plans are in the works for a potential addition of new units and updates to all apartments. Hill Arboretum Future Planning Hill has always been OTR's flagship property and home office. As with all of our properties, the waiting list is very long. Planning is under way to add additional units (as many as 24), use part of the basement as a new recreational and common area for residents, as well as renovate the existing 33 apartments with new flooring, appliances, etc. OTR plans to complete a pre-application to the Illinois Housing Development Authority in 2020. The two renderings shown are only possible futures for Hill, and we are looking into the feasibility of adding modular apartments so the construction would be less disruptive to our current residents as well as our neighbors. For more information about Hill Arboretum Apartments, please contact Umair Qadri at or our main office at .