I wanted to provide you with an update on a number of the more prominent development projects across the 49th Ward. All the projects now underway were subject to a thorough community review process even if the project required no zoning change. Any future projects will be subject to that same extensive process. If you have any questions, please call my staff assistant, Michael Land, at the 49th Ward Service Office at 773-338-5796.
New Fire Station, 7340 N. Clark Street
Demolition of the existing structures on this site is scheduled to begin next week according to the Public Building Commission, and construction of our new $8.4 million fire station will begin after building permits are issued. The Public Building Commission has said the new state-of-the-art fire station will be completed by late Summer 2008. It will replace the aging facility at 1723 W. Greenleaf, which was constructed at the turn of the last century, when fire equipment was pulled by horses.
More details available from the Chicago Public Building Commission
Former Clark Mega Mall Site, 7212 N. Clark Street
The property was recently sold and the new owner bought the Mega Mall business out of its remaining lease. The new owner is planning to demolish the existing structure and build a residential or a mixed residential and commercial development on the site. He has no specific plans at this time. The 49th Ward Zoning and Land Use Advisory Committee and I will be meeting with the new owner later this Spring to discuss the property, and any proposed use of the site will be subject to a complete and thorough community review process.
Former Adelphi Theater Site, 7070-7078 N. Clark / 1767 W. Estes (Clark and Estes)
Construction is scheduled to begin later this year on a 32-unit, five-story mixed residential and commercial development that will include four affordable condominium units monitored by the CPAN program . Start of the project was delayed because the project required two zoning variations from the Zoning Board of Appeals to allow for the construction of a clock tower and to narrow a gap on Clark Street between the new development and the existing building to its south. The Zoning Board of Appeals approved the zoning variations last month and the project is now in permit review.
Former Lerner Newspaper Building Site, 7519 N. Ashland (Howard and Ashland)
The current owner of the site failed to develop the property as promised. Last Fall, I asked the City of Chicago to begin the process of acquiring the property by eminent domain. The City issued a Request for Proposals, seeking development proposals for the site. Two proposals were submitted, and the 49th Ward Zoning and Land Use Advisory Committee and I will be working with the City to evaluate the proposals to determine their viability. Any proposed development will be subject to a complete and thorough community review process.
Former Chicago Discount Cleaners Site, 1523-35 W. Howard
A five-story building containing ground floor commercial space and 28 condominium units will be constructed on this site, which will also include the current Howard Tire Store and several vacant storefronts. The developer has indicated that the project is scheduled to be completed by Spring 2009.
Former Morseview Drugstore Site, 1444-46 W. Morse
Construction has begun on a six-story, mixed-use building at the northeast corner of Morse and Greenview. It will feature 12 condominiums, some of them duplexes. It will include one CPAN unit. Rogers Park’s economic development corporation, DevCorp North, will locate its offices on the ground and mezzanine floors.
Top Hat Lounge Site, 1412-16 W. Morse
Construction is currently scheduled to begin in August 2007 on a new five-story, 16-unit condominium building at the current site of the Top Hat Lounge. Demolition permits have been issued and the building permit is in review. The building will contain a restaurant/coffee shop on the first floor.