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Plan to convert Art Deco East Village church into a 34-unit TOD moves forward

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While the front facade will be reused, the majority of the older structure will be demolished

A 1920s era Art Deco-style church is getting a fresh lease on life as new apartments in Chicago’s East Village as conversion work gets underway. Dubbed East Village Lofts, the project from developer Mark Sutherland will preserve the masonry facade of the building at 1056 N. Ashland and construct a modern five-story addition designed by Milbury Architects set back from the street. Approved by the city early this year, the project received its first permit for the new construction earlier this week.

The finished development will contain 34 apartments consisting of studio, one-, and two-bedroom units. Thanks to Chicago’s Transit Oriented Development (TOD) ordinance and the site’s proximity to the Blue Line stop at Division, the plan calls for a total of just eight parking spaces.

The East Village Lofts would join a number of higher-density proposals slated for the Polish Triangle at Ashland and Division including the multi-phase Wicker Park Connection, a 12-story condo tower at 1220 N. Bosworth, and a planned 16-story rental building at 1624 W. Division.