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Modern looking nine-unit TOD slated for Ravenswood parking lot

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The project at 4540 N. Ravenswood Avenue would be clad in glass and corrugated metal panels

Chicago continues to see its revised Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) zoning ordinance bear fruit as local architect/builder Wilkinson Design Corporation eyes an empty lot in Ravenswood for future mixed-use redevelopment. Located a short walk from the CTA Brown Line and the Ravenswood Metra stop, the proposed four-story project would feature nine dwelling units, roughly 2,300 square feet of ground floor retail, a roof deck, and garage parking for five motor vehicles and ten bicycles.

Representing a departure from the more traditional look associated with Chicago neighborhood developments, Wilkinson’s design for 4540-42 N. Ravenswood relies heavily on the use of corrugated metal as both a siding material and a perforated shade to screen the east-facing balconies. The proposal was heard at the November 10th meeting of the 47th Ward Zoning Advisory Committee and seeks a zoning bump from B3-2 to B3-3 to achieve a desired Floor Area Ratio (FAR) of 2.375.