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Old January 21st, 2011, 05:35 AM   #281
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In general this forum is so dead.
So many previous posters bit the dust or something.
^ Go to Skyscraperpage--much more active.

The Chicago Economy Thread and the Retail and Restaurant thread, as well as some of the photo threads, are the only reason to spend any time around here
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Old January 27th, 2011, 12:01 AM   #282
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Old January 27th, 2011, 07:07 PM   #283
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Ah, yes. I used to live just north of there about seven years ago. I thought then that this lot and dilapidated shack were just gagging for re-development, being on a pleasant street and close to the heart of Division's night life. I was surprised it made it through the boom undeveloped.
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 01:56 AM   #284
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Looks like the Noel State Bank conversion to retail may be moving forward. The landmarks commission mentions that the owner of the building is now DRW Holdings (owned by Don Wilson of DRW Trading, who has purchased numerous high-profile sites in the Gold Coast) and the architect is Hartshorne Plunkard.

Proposal: Proposed rehabilitation and conversion to a retail use of a 3-story limestone bank
building, including masonry repair and repainting, enlargement of ground-floor window
openings, window replacement, and new retail tenant signs.

Staff Recommendation: Staff recommends that the Committee find that the project, with the
following conditions, will not have an adverse effect on the significant
historical and architectural features of the landmark district and approve
the project subject to these conditions and Historic Preservation staff
review and approval:
1. Fourteen ground-floor window openings, proposed to be enlarged, are
original character-defining features on primary (street) elevations of the
building, and the size of the openings shall not be changed;
2. As proposed, all new replacement glass shall be clear glass. If the
ground-floor windows are to be replaced, the new windows should
incorporate a transom bar, consistent with the historic configuration
shown in photographs of the building. Existing and proposed
dimensioned window and door details, and their proposed finishes, shall
be included in the permit plans;
3. The fixture plan shall be further studied. Areas behind the windows
should be kept open and unobstructed to allow transparency and views
into the building. Additional information about the build-out behind the
windows, any proposed window signage, and merchandising
installations shall be provided for Historic Preservation staff review and
approval as part of the permit application;
4. Masonry cleaning, repair, and replacement details shall be included in
the permit application plans. Samples of any replacement stone,
patching, and mortar shall be reviewed and approved by Historic
Preservation staff prior to order and installation. Any new limestone
shall match the unpainted limestone in color, texture, and finish; and any
new mortar shall match the historic unpainted condition in color, profile,
and composition;
5. A conditions analysis of the paint and stone shall be performed by a
qualified materials engineer/conservator to determine the appropriate
paint product type, color, and finish for the existing painted limestone.
The analysis and paint specification shall be submitted for review and
approval by Historic Preservation staff prior to order and application;
6. The exterior light fixtures proposed to be mounted above the column
bases are too visible and obtrusive, and would negatively affect the
appearance and historic character of the building and should therefore be
eliminated;
7. The large “W” sign, proposed to be mounted in front of the upper-floor
window above the entry of the building, would obscure a significant
feature and shall be eliminated. The four signs proposed above the doors
should be relocated to the flat stone jambs above the door and below the
beaded stone molding, or could be relocated to the flat stone pilasters
next to the doors and designed to appear like plaques. The other
proposed sign areas, the two locations along the stone sign bands at the
parapet and the six proposed projecting banners mounted at the stone
pilasters are approved in concept only. All future signage including
material, color, attachment details, sizes, lighting and other information
shall be reviewed and approved by Historic Preservation staff prior to
order and installation. The signs shall be designed with as few
attachments to the masonry as possible, and with attachments preferably
located at the mortar joints; and,
8. The proposed use of the building requires a zoning change for the
portion of the lot which is currently zoned M1-2. The Commission takes
no position regarding the merits of any requested zoning change.
The Committee acknowledges that this is a vacant building at a
prominent and key location in the district; and strongly supports the reuse
of the historic property. The Committee encourages the applicant to
continue to work with Historic Preservation staff to address the above
issues and concerns in order to bring the project into conformance with
the Commission’s adopted standards and guidelines.


I'm trying to think of a store or restaurant that would need a giant W sign, unless it's just for vanity (Wilson).
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Old February 24th, 2011, 06:29 AM   #285
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Recently came across a rendering of a building that was proposed a few years ago on North Avenue and Bosworth. Don't know the latest on this one but I'd expect something similar when the market improves.


Apparently, the proposed retail building set to replace the former Burger King on Milwaukee is already partially leased by a restaurant.


And a recent construction update on 1838 W Division. Looks like it will house a restaurant called prasino

Division Street, Wicker Park by hannibal1107, on Flickr
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Old February 24th, 2011, 06:49 AM   #286
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Recently came across a rendering of a building that was proposed a few years ago on North Avenue and Bosworth.
There was a larger plan (by Paul Beitler?) for this lot that included it and what's now the Mercedes dealership across the street. The site got entitled for the taller buildings, but the overall plan fell through and so that building was sketched in its place.

Noticed the other day that there's a backhoe parked on the old MB Bank parking lot; don't know how long it's been there.
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Old March 14th, 2011, 04:43 AM   #287
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Apparently, the proposed retail building set to replace the former Burger King on Milwaukee is already partially leased by a restaurant.
LG Development Group Breaks Ground on New Retail Development in Bucktown

Chicago-based LG Development Group has broken ground on 9,200-square-feet of retail space at 1480 N. Milwaukee, in Chicago’s Wicker Park/Bucktown neighborhood. The development offers up to four retail storefronts measuring from 1,445 to 3,765 square feet.

According to Marc Lifshin, partner in LG Development, this is a prime location because of the high visibility and strong foot traffic along Milwaukee Avenue. The retail development is at the corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Honore Street, one block from the North/Damen/Milwaukee intersection, CTA blue line stop, and along the #56 Milwaukee Ave. bus route.

...California-based Native Foods Café, a rapidly-expanding national restaurant chain offering quick-service organic and vegan foods, has signed a lease in the development for 3,100 square feet at the corner of Milwaukee and Honore. Scheduled to open this summer, the café will include seasonal outdoor seating along Honore Street. This will be the chain’s first Chicago location.
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http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en...gnursings.html

Community Development Commission Recommends Projects To Bring Nursing School To Chicago From Suburbs And Increase Access To Organic Food In West Englewood


“The recommendations made by the CDC today continue to move economic development forward in Chicago,” said Department of Housing and Economic Development Commissioner Andrew Mooney. “Bringing Resurrection University students and staff to the City from the suburbs is a prime example of successfully combining economic and workforce development, as is the expansion of Growing Home’s footprint in the City, increasing residents’ access to fresh food through a transitional jobs program.”

The CDC today recommended that City Council approve the renovation of 38,900 square feet of vacant space on five floors of the 11-story St. Elizabeth Medical Center, at 1431 North Claremont in Chicago’s West Town community. The developer is seeking $4,738,139 in TIF assistance for the renovation. This project will enable Resurrection University, with a College of Nursing and College of Allied Health, to move into vacant space at St. Elizabeth hospital. The University is now located at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, with an enrollment of 275 students, approximately half of whom are City of Chicago residents, and 50 employees. The university projects continuing strong demand for registered nurses due to a well-documented nursing shortage. The school hopes to retain 80% of its graduates to meet its own workforce needs and plans to nearly double its enrollment and increase its staff. The recommendation names Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center as the owner and developer of the project.
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Old March 20th, 2011, 12:00 AM   #289
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...California-based Native Foods Café
Now that's an interesting choice to replace a Burger King. Besides Veggie Bite -- which has a similar comfort food menu, albeit with fewer salads -- I don't think anywhere else in WP is actually all vegan. Right now, they're only in SoCal: three in OC, two on the westside, and two in Coachella.

Prasino is from the west suburbs, also a quick-casual eco-friendly concept.
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Old March 26th, 2011, 09:13 PM   #290
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LG Development Group Breaks Ground on New Retail Development in Bucktown

Chicago-based LG Development Group has broken ground on 9,200-square-feet of retail space at 1480 N. Milwaukee, in Chicago’s Wicker Park/Bucktown neighborhood. The development offers up to four retail storefronts measuring from 1,445 to 3,765 square feet.

According to Marc Lifshin, partner in LG Development, this is a prime location because of the high visibility and strong foot traffic along Milwaukee Avenue. The retail development is at the corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Honore Street, one block from the North/Damen/Milwaukee intersection, CTA blue line stop, and along the #56 Milwaukee Ave. bus route.
Awesome bit of redevelopment in a great location! Good riddance to that old Burger King. Really happy with the quality of LG's recent developments - those rowhouses on Lakewood are going to look great! I'm glad they decided to keep a bit of a setback along Honore to offer some outdoor space; I'm thinking that restaurant is going to be a hot-spot. Now if only someone would come along to properly restore and inhabit the beautiful building across Honore which featured prominently in High Fidelity, I would be Wicker Park heaven....
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Now that's an interesting choice to replace a Burger King. Besides Veggie Bite -- which has a similar comfort food menu, albeit with fewer salads -- I don't think anywhere else in WP is actually all vegan. Right now, they're only in SoCal: three in OC, two on the westside, and two in Coachella.

Prasino is from the west suburbs, also a quick-casual eco-friendly concept.
There's a Prasino in Lagrange...largely organic...heavy on the Gunthorp Farms meats...fantastic brunch menu...very good seasonal food and a good drink menu. Should be a good addition to that location.
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^is it just me or does your post count keep shrinking?
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Old March 30th, 2011, 10:50 PM   #293
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Payless will return to the new Hairpin Lofts along with Edward Jones
Carhartt is going to open a store at 1518 N Milwaukee, according to the Sun-times
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^is it just me or does your post count keep shrinking?
could be you're thinking of my count from SSP...i haven't posted much on SSC
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Old April 4th, 2011, 01:23 AM   #295
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It looks like work had begun on the 1611 N Damen project. So happy to see that parking lot go.
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It looks like work had begun on the 1611 N Damen project. So happy to see that parking lot go.
^ You must be referring to this project, great news!

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^ Well, I had some free time to look into it and it turns out that the project will only consist of single story storefronts--no parking above:



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Old April 4th, 2011, 05:03 AM   #298
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Looks like you're right. I have mixed feelings about this. It seems like that lot could use at least three stories, and there's certainly demand for housing near there. On the other hand, I'm always happy to get rid of parking in a neighborhood like this.

Still, I'm surprised that the garage wasn't mandated in the development by whomever was using the lot before. Was it a bank? Pure speculation, but I bet that a bank closed and with it, the mandate/financing for the parking.
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Is there some kind of law against building fake/unoccupied floors if its not able to be utilized in a certain amount? Yes, getting rid of a parking lot is a good thing, but it irks me when it's only replaced with a 1 floor structure. The second floor doesn't have to be fully furbished or anything...
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^ An ugly parking lot near an L stop is disappearing, and being replaced by active storefronts that will be flush with the street.

In these times, that's good enough for me...
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