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Redevelopment of Andersonville’s Shuttered Trumbull School Moves Forward

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The 1909 structure is seeking landmark status ahead of a mixed-use redevelopment plan

After three years of inactivity, a plan to see Andersonville’s 1909 Trumbull School redeveloped into a mixed-use project containing 49 residential units and performance space is making steady progress. Designed by renowned Prairie School architect Dwight H. Perkins, the former elementary school closed in 2013 and was sold to Svigos Asset Management for $5.25 million.

Svigos was chosen from a number of prospective developers hoping to adaptively reuse the historic structure. The Buffalo Grove-based firm is also behind the conversion of the former Mulligan School in Lincoln Park to 24 market-rate luxury condos.

According to Edgeville Buzz, the Trumbull project still must clear some vital hurdles. The property must receive landmark designation in order to secure historic preservation tax credits. The redevelopment plan is also contingent on Timeline Theatre to moving into the building’s auditorium space.

While a zoning change necessary for the mixed-use plan was approved by Chicago's Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards in June, it’s unclear how soon the outstanding issues can be resolved and work can finally begin in earnest.