Another transit-oriented development (TOD) along the booming Milwaukee Avenue corridor is getting ready to break ground, as the site located at 1920 North Milwaukee Avenue has been cleared of the previous structure. The planned six-story building will restore an urban corner that has sat for years as an auto-centric use with a one story dual drive-through fast food restaurant which later operated has an auto title loan shop.
A demolition permit was issued on May 12 for the building and adjacent parking lot, which has been empty and surrounded by temporary fencing for quite some time. A demolition crew has since quickly razed the small, suburban-styled building and prepped the site for new construction.
The replacement structure will be a six-story rental building designed by Brininstool + Lynch, a firm that has also designed another nearby apartment development. The project, which stands directly next to the entrance of the Western station, will feature 44 apartments and only 10 parking spaces. The units will be a mix of one- and two-bedroom arrangements situated just above 6,000 square feet of ground floor retail space.
When initially presented to neighbors, the development team had proposed 50 units in total and intended to begin construction this summer. While the unit count dropped by six apartments, it does appear the project is moving forward on the original schedule.
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