Two acres of vacant space in the heart of Chicago's hot Wicker Park neighborhood looks poised for a massive makeover as the 77,000-square-foot Wicker Park Connection development proposal moves through the community approval process with an updated design. Originally envisioned as 275 rental units, the new plan calls for 200 units across 17 townhomes, a seven-story condo building, and a 15-story apartment tower.
Planned for the adjacent empty lots at 1200 N. Milwaukee and 1600 W Division, the development aims to connect the two arterial streets via a snaking pedestrian corridor of landscaped public open space. Located just 400 feet from the Blue Line Division stop at the Polish Triangle, the transit-oriented design will build a total of 134 spaces either at or below grade. The proposal also features commercial retail space fronting Milwaukee and Division and may possibly include a private school. The Wicker Park Connection is being developed by Centrum Partners with Hirsch Associates handling the architectural design. If approved, the Connection development would join another Hirsch/Centrum Wicker Park project immediately to the west at 1660 W. Division.
Local neighborhood group Wicker Park Committee will vote on the Wicker Park Connection proposal on February 3rd. The group's Planning and Development Subcommittee already voted in favor the project earlier this week, according to DNAinfo. A public meeting for residents to voice their concerns and opinions on the plan will be hosted by 1st Ward Alderman Joe Moreno, though a date has not yet been set.
·Huge 'Wicker Park Connection' 200-Unit Development Approaches Vote [DNAinfo]
·The Wicker Park Connection Plan Is Officially Getting Underway [Curbed Chicago]
·Wicker Park Archives [Curbed Chicago]