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Western Blue Line TOD Heads to Plan Commission for Vote

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Many of the developments that were proposed for Milwaukee Avenue in 2014 and early 2015 have either received approval from the city or are now in their early construction phases, but there's still one more that is looking to join the bunch. The transit-oriented development proposed for 1920 N. Milwaukee Avenue heads to the Chicago Plan Commission today for a vote. Designed by Brininstool + Lynch, the six-story building will feature 44 rental units, 10 vehicle parking stalls and 6,000 square feet of ground level retail space. The developer initially proposed 50 apartments for the site. While there's been much resistance to similar (but more dense) developments just north along Milwaukee Avenue, this project appears to have avoided much of the criticism that the dual tower TOD and the "L" development received during proposal phases.

The development will take over the southeast corner of Western and Milwaukee avenues, where will it will stand directly across from and adjacent to entrances to the Western Blue Line station. The property was most recently occupied by a single-story title loan storefront. Vequiry, the project's developer, has released a sales video that highlights some of the big changes coming to Milwaukee Avenue, in addition to details on the proposed development. And like many other speculators, the developer suggests that proximity to the 606 trail will be a key to the project's success. But the major key here is proximity and access to public transit, as it is expected that the vast majority of the development's tenants will not own cars. The caveat is that this is a very noisy stretch. While the video may be a nightmarish vision for anti-gentrification activists, the new project, along with the others coming to Logan Square and Bucktown, may turn what was a blighted and unfriendly stretch for pedestrians into a bustling residential and commercial corridor.

·1920 Milwaukee [Youtube]
·44-Unit TOD Building Proposed at an Abandoned Drive-Through in Bucktown [Streetsblog Chi]
·Another Brininstool + Lynch Designed Apartment Project May Come to Milwaukee Avenue [Curbed Chicago]