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Developer pitches revised condo plan for vacant Clark Street lot

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In discussion since 2014, the Lakeview proposal has pivoted to condos and slashed its unit count

SPACE Architects + Planners

A plan to redevelop a long-vacant parcel in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood has once again modified its design and scope. Proposed for 2941-47 N. Clark Street, the project started life in mid 2014 as a four-story building with 33 one-bedroom apartments and a 5,000-square-foot ground floor Roots Handmade Pizza. By 2016, developer John Livaditis scaled things back to 21 dwelling units and 15 parking spaces.

An earlier design for 2941-47 N. Clark.
John Livaditis

Now, according to info recently posted to the website of 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney, the proposal has reduced unit count once again. While still expected to rise four stories, the latest iteration will feature just 12 for-sale condominiums and 12 parking stalls accessible via a rear alleyway.

Designed by Chicago’s SPACE Architects + Planners, the revamped project will also include amenities such as a resident bike room and a dog washing station. Though Roots Pizza confirmed it will not be part of the plan moving forward, the development sets aside roughly 2,600 square feet of ground floor retail/restaurant space.

The site at 2941-47 N. Clark Street was previously home to a Buca Di Beppo restaurant. The chain Italian eatery closed its Lakeview location in 2006 and the single-story structure was demolished in 2014. Four blocks to the north, different developers are currently seeking approval to construct a nine-story, 171-unit transit-oriented rental development.