A proposal for a long-in-the-works project in Ravenswood appears as though it is ready to move forward, as the developer has finally submitted an application for a zoning change. Dubbed Montrose Green, the new mixed-user next to the Montrose Brown Line station is planned for parcel that was formerly the site of an organic community garden of the same name. This play towards young urban renters on the corner of Montrose Avenue and Honore Street checks off nearly every point on a stereotypical twenty-something's housing wish list; common green roof access, close proximity to public transit, restaurant/retail space on the ground floor and a 3,000 square foot business incubator on the fifth floor. While it's no Inland Steel Building, the design from Wilkinson Design Corporation isn't half bad either.
The plan for Montrose Green, as the building is being called, envisions 24 residential units spread over five stories, mostly one-bedroom, 725-750 square foot spaces as well as three two-bedroom units, all with interior finishes reinforcing the urban, hipster aesthetic (reclaimed wood, anybody?). Developer Harrington Brown, which is requesting re-zoning in the 47th Ward to proceed, picked up the land from the CTA in 2006 during the Brown Line Reconstruction project.
A sign on site erected by Harrington Brown years ago always suggested development was looming, but instead of letting it sit dormant, the developer allowed nearby residents to create an organic garden. Plots were even purchased by nearby restaurants, including Browntrout, Fountainhead and City Provisions.
— Patrick Sisson