Not to be outdone by the Tower of Jewel's "gateway to the Gold Coast" claim, developer Howard Weiner of Chicago Development Corp. wants to intensify the opposite gateway with a 125-foot, 120-unit apartment building. We're talking about the southwest corner of North & Clark, where low-rises rule the roost. The proposal is for a classic brick & limestone building on the present site of Elly's Pancake House, materials meant to complement the neighboring Village Theater and adjacent Germania Club. Crain's adds that Weiner would renovate the Germania's facade.
The state of the plan is that Weiner has a contract to buy the land but needs a zoning amendment to build so high and dense at this location. Opposition is already surfacing, as Ald. Bob Fioretti tells Crain's. Accordingly, Weiner has a backup plan to build a 70-unit building at least 45-feet shorter within existing zoning. Public relations exec Susan Zerin tells Curbed Weiner's local projects are punctuated by the 39-story Skybridge Condos at Halsted & Washington and include a "portfolio of mid-rise residential buildings in the Gold Coast, Old Town and Lincoln Park." How appropriate then that Clark & North is at the juncture of those three neighborhoods. Itching for renderings? So are we, but Weiner is playing it close to the vest ahead of an October 29th informational meeting at the Latin Upper School Auditorium.
·Village Theater residential development planned [Crain's]