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A Pitch for 18 Rental Units on Western near Montrose

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Direct from Center Square Journal, one of Lincoln Square's most responsive publications, comes word of Earthwood Development's modest residential plan for a corner plot at Western and Hutchinson. The small local developer wants to put 18 rental units on the site of a single-story laundromat and surface lot. Citing a predecessor's proposal for 12 luxury 3-bed condos as a cautionary tale, Earthwood is careful to highlight its market sensitivity in its zoning application. According to the application (PDF available via CSJ), Earthwood seeks variances to reduce required setbacks and supply 18 garage and eight exterior parking spaces.

The building, rendered above by architect FitzGerald Associates, will rise 45 feet with energy-efficient envelope construction and a green roof. Permeable pavement will be used on the exterior lot. The project is budgeted at $3M and, pending prompt approval, will touch down this Spring. Neighbors are convening tonight at 7pm to discuss. Will it get prickly? With early indication that no TIF funding is sought, it'll be harder to take issue with a pretty tame four-story building on busy Western Avenue.
·Developer Proposes Turning Laundromat into Apartments [CSJ]