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Old November 17th, 2005, 05:02 AM   #1
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Wicker Park/Bucktown/Logan Square Development News

Note: This will also include River West, Ukranian Village and East Village areas.
Logan Staton Lofts. Ground Floor retail 1 Block from Blue Line Subway.


Bucktown Station Lofts. Ground Floor retail, 1 block from Western Blue Line El Station.


Victoria Place Condos. 1815 N. Milwaukee. Ground Floor retail. 1 Block from Damen El Station.



Marshfield Place Condos. 1 Block west of North/Ashland.


1715 W. Ohio.


740 N. Milwaukee (Huron). Near Grand and Chicago subway stations.



819 W. Superior. (Halsted) Near Chicago Blue Line Station.



The Apex. 859 W. Erie (Halsted). Near Grand Ave Subway station.


Armitage Square. 2700 West (California). 3 Blocks south of California Blue Line.



Logan View. 3133 W. Fullerton (Kedzie). Near California Blue line El.



1238 N. Milwaukee (Division)

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Old November 17th, 2005, 05:28 AM   #2
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Wow,
my brother in law new what he was doing when he invested in a 3 flat on Grand and Chesnut 10 years ago. Noble Square(Ukranian Village) is fantastic nowadays.
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Old December 9th, 2005, 02:35 AM   #3
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I honestly have no idea what neighborhood this is in, so I just guessed and put this article here. Does anyone have any pics of this Discount Mega Mall? This is from the Dept of P&D's website:

Mayor Richard M. Daley today introduced an ordinance into the Chicago City Council seeking authority for the Department of Planning and Development to acquire "Discount Mega Mall" at 2500-14 N. Milwaukee Ave. on the Northwest Side.
The block-long, 2.1-acre site has been vacant since June 2005, when the Cook County Circuit Court ordered the building closed after the building's owner was cited with 112 building, health, and safety code violations, some of which posed an immediate danger to the public.

Among the violations were a crumbling exterior facade, a faulty electrical system, blocked fire escapes and exits, and an accumulation of raw sewage resulting from an inoperable plumbing system.

"The City was left with no other choice but to move to acquire this property," Mayor Daley said. "The owner has repeatedly assured the City that the code violations would be corrected and has consistently failed in his responsibility to remedy the problems."

Between January 1995 and March 2005, the owner of the Mega Mall was repeatedly cited for violations of the City's Municipal Code. A Cook County Circuit Court case is still pending. While 150 vendors occupied the mall immediately prior to its closing, City records indicate that many of them were operating without licenses.

City acquisition of the shopping mall has the support of several community groups who would like to see the site transformed into a transit oriented mixed-use development adjacent to the CTA Blue Line that would include commercial and retail space and adjacent open space for use by neighborhood residents and visitors.
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Old December 9th, 2005, 02:47 AM   #4
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This is close to a main artery of the Logan Square neighborhood. The Discount Mega Mall is basically a flea market where people sell wholesale, or knockoff items for a discounted price... A ghetto Sears if you will. The place was always packed, but from what I hear the main aversion was the prescence of gangs, but that's just a bunch of bull IMO. The building occupies about 2 blocks on Milwaukee with a semi large parking lot, and surprise surprise, condos being built right next door.

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"City acquisition of the shopping mall has the support of several community groups who would like to see the site transformed into a transit oriented mixed-use development adjacent to the CTA Blue Line that would include commercial and retail space and adjacent open space for use by neighborhood residents and visitors."

This site is perfect for a couple of mid rise buildings. Something similar to the pilsen plan, albeit on a smaller scale.

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Old December 9th, 2005, 04:58 AM   #5
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Awesome news. I love the fact that the CTA OHARE line is creating all of these new TODs. Hopefully Old Irving Park and Jefferson Park follow suite.
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Old December 9th, 2005, 05:31 AM   #6
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man oh man, i love the MEGA MALL!~!!! that place is sooo funky its like a bunch of asians running stalls with hip-hop attire for Puerto ricans! i can't think of anything like it in the city. this is just an example of how chicago's gentrifying to fast and how all that was funky and dirty is being lost to CONDO monster! who cares about a few fire exits and raw sewage? we can tough it out!!!!!!!!! i'd rather keep the mega-mall even if it does have a flippin parking lot
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Old December 9th, 2005, 06:07 AM   #7
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Actually it was more Mexican then Puerto Rican....
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Old December 9th, 2005, 07:33 PM   #8
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true. it use to be more puerto rican.
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Old December 22nd, 2005, 05:24 AM   #9
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Celadon Flats 1825 N. Winnebago


Winnebago Court 1703-1761 N Winnebago

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Old December 22nd, 2005, 05:27 AM   #10
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^
That looks cool.
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Old December 22nd, 2005, 07:18 AM   #11
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Until recently (end of November), I was working in this area and signs were up for this on the lot, but no construction had begun.
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Old January 12th, 2006, 10:48 PM   #12
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Not a condo, but...

http://chicagojournal.com/main.asp?S...23&TM=56141.89

Exit McDonald’s, enter a patch of Paris
A makeover for Mautene Court

By KATHARINE GRAYSON, Staff Writer


Mautene Court has never been the sort of sophisticated public space that its more elegant name may suggest. The small patch of land, dominated by concrete and a few trees, sits on Milwaukee Avenue just east of Paulina Street. It’s now obscured by a construction fence and flanked by two soon-to-be developed properties, including a pile of rubble that was formerly a McDonald’s.

It appears now, however, that Mautene Court may be due for a transformation. First Ward Alderman Manny Flores is currently working to convert the space into a plaza featuring public art works, including a relief mural.

"It hasn’t been a very appealing area, and it hasn’t generated positive uses," Flores said of the space as it exists. "We’d like to create something more dynamic, increase the usage of green space, and feature artists in the community that make Wicker Park such a unique space."

At a community meeting last week, Flores briefly noted that he hopes the area will become something akin to a "Parisian plaza," or, more specifically, an "outdoor museum."

On Tuesday, Flores elaborated by saying he’s hoping to commission local artists to create public art works that can be displayed at the small area, which he hopes can be turned into a "community focal point" potentially featuring a "gallery of sculptures."

So far, he’s spoken with Aldo Castillo, an art dealer originally from Nicaragua who owns a Latin American gallery in River North, about finding some artists to begin work on the mural. Flores said he was inspired to work with Castillo by the works he’d seen at the artist’s gallery at 233 W. Huron.

"He was someone who I got to know, and I was reflecting on his art, and I put one and one together," Flores said.

Many years ago, Mautene was a regular street, until it was blocked off and converted into a small public space. The land is currently owned by the city of Chicago. Flores said he is working with the Joseph Freed and Associates, the development firm planning two build mixed-use projects on the borders of the area, and has spoken to the city’s Department of Planning and Development staff about the idea.

He said, however, that the plans are still in a "vision stage."

The project has yet to be officially presented to any local community groups, added 1st Ward spokesperson Shannon Rooney, though she added that more information should be forthcoming in the coming year.

"In the next few months, it will be fleshed out," she said. "It’s a community project, so we will want input."
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Old January 13th, 2006, 07:57 AM   #13
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^ Thanks spyguy.

This truly brightens my evening
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Old January 14th, 2006, 02:43 AM   #14
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Is this a newer rendering of Logan Station Condo?

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Old January 20th, 2006, 10:22 PM   #15
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Wasn't sure where to post this question, but Bucktown/Wicker Park seems close enough:

This is in regards to the "Shoemaker" lofts conversion planned in Avondale. Perhaps one of you (Chicago Shawn---ahem....) can answer this.

There was an article in that website that we are no longer allowed to quote (New Homes) that describes Shoemaker Lofts and Belmont Lofts--both conversions of old industrial buildings.

When we first heard about this development, we heard that they would redevelop one of the buildings into lofts and demolish the second one to turn it into a single-story retail center.

Has this plan changed? In other words, is Belmont Lofts the building that was formerly going to be demolished and changed into a retail center, or is this a different building entirely?
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Old March 27th, 2006, 04:54 AM   #16
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I'm pretty sure that Belmont Lofts is another building. Dubin's Shoemaker Lofts is going forward pretty much as planned:
http://www.dubinresidential.com/site.../28822_482.htm

2120-2140 W North Ave (older rendering)



this building got me and a few others in big trouble with the vengeful local NIMBYs, but that's their problem.
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Old March 27th, 2006, 09:40 PM   #17
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^ Wow, unique and interesting...

How's this coming along?
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Old March 30th, 2006, 11:30 PM   #18
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2154-2157 West Division

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Old April 4th, 2006, 08:37 PM   #19
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Ranquist/Mass Architects' buildings can be interesting on their own, but in groups... well, the modernism falls flat where there's no context other than itself. And those look like nothing more than that triumph of the postwar era, the Beach Motel.

Association House (2120-2140 W North) was a drawn out battle last year. It finally gained Landmarks approval (it's within the Wicker Park landmark district) last fall, despite a huge ruckus that resulted in the complete ouster of the Wicker Park Committee's zoning committee for not being sufficiently NIMBY enough. The social service agency that owns the site has moved to Humboldt Park, along with its clients, and now that they've cashed in on the boom the yuppies want them to stay so that they can have a dog park.

I live next door, and only soil testing has been done so far.
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the yuppies want them to stay so that they can have a dog park. I live next door, and only soil testing has been done so far.
Soil testing for a dog park??
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