Developers are rushing to get their paperwork submitted to the city's Department of Planning and Development before the new Affordable Requirements Ordinance rules kick in on October 13, and one of the developments that is looking to earn the city's stamp of approval is an apartment project for Milwaukee Avenue designed by Brininstool + Lynch. According to DNAinfo, the plan was presented over the weekend and was well received by Bucktown residents in attendance. The project's developers want to demolish a single story commercial building at 1920 N. Milwaukee Avenue and replace it with a six-story transit-oriented development that would feature 50 rental units and ten parking spaces.
Unlike many of the other apartment plans for Milwaukee Avenue that are close by, the project will feature more than just micro-apartments and one bedroom units. The project will be composed of a mixture of one- and two-bedroom units with the average size of the apartments being around 750 square feet, DNAinfo reports. There will also be some retail offerings with 5,800 square feet of space on the ground level dedicated to storefronts.
The project is not the first of its kind of Milwaukee Avenue and it likely won't be the last. However, it does follow the lead of the Brininstool + Lynch designed Property Markets Group project that is currently under construction just up the street near the Congress Theater. The development boom along Milwaukee Avenue is no secret, but the quality of the projects coming to the busy street is a nice surprise. Currently, there are projects designed by Wheeler Kearns, bKL Architecture, Pappageorge Haymes Partners and Brininstool + Lynch on the way to Milwaukee Avenue.
These projects have not come without some controversy however. Logan Square residents have been fighting Alderman Proco Joe Moreno and developers over the pricey (and small) apartments that are looking to spring up around the California Blue Line station. Bucktown residents seem to be less concerned about the apartment prices of new rental projects for the area, as one development for Armitage Avenue received little to no resistance from community members and is currently in the early stages of construction.
·Developers Hope 50-Unit Complex Can 'Re-Establish' Blighted Bucktown Corner [DNAinfo]
·Mapping the Development Boom Along Milwaukee Avenue [Curbed Chicago]
·Previous transit-oriented development coverage [Curbed Chicago]
·Previous Bucktown coverage [Curbed Chicago]