Just five months after Uptown’s Truc Lam Buddhist Temple was listed as a $2 million redevelopment opportunity, plans have surfaced to replace the 135-year-old structure with a new condo development. Located at the southeast corner of Wilson and Ashland, the 1880’s building previously served as a private social club and later a Masonic temple before its most recent stint as a place of worship for the Buddhist faith.
The latest plan from Mavrek Development and Chicago-based Sullivan Goulette & Wilson Architects calls for a three-and-a-half-story brick and stone courtyard type building containing 12 for-sale residences. Drawings posted on the website of 47th Ward Alderman Ameya Pawar also show a detached nine-car parking garage.
First reported yesterday by Uptown Update, the redevelopment proposal will require a zoning change from RS-3 to RT-4. So far no date has been set for a community meeting to discuss the project at 1521 N. Wilson.