Jiminy Cricket! There looks to be real residential momentum at the woefully underdeveloped intersection of Milwaukee, Grand, and Halsted. The plot in question is the triangular chunk of land at the northwest corner, home to a burnt and half-collapsed former restaurant supply house. According to The Chicago Architecture Blog (CAB), Fifield is the new boss in town and has assembled a team which includes architect Pappageorge/Haymes to advance tangible development plans. Previous plans included an approved 141-unit condo tower and, most recently, a 16-story, 240-unit apartment scheme helmed by developer Michael Breheny. At some point following a fruitless extension, Fifield took over and is proposing the above two-building project with 221 units. A four-story building addresses the intersection while a broad 13-story tower lurks behind at Green Street, stretching from Milwaukee to Grand. Setbacks, detailed by CAB, are far better for pedestrian traffic and prospective retailers than is the case now. Fifield wants to break ground in eight months, but first must enter (and survive) a brand new approval process.
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