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Eight-story apartment development with ample parking ready to rise in Rogers Park

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The new rental project replaces a demolished strip mall

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Work is finally ready to begin on a long-discussed 50-unit rental development in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. Located at 1323 W. Morse Avenue, the eight-story project from Col. Jennifer Pritzker’s Tawani Enterprises was granted a $30 million construction permit yesterday. Though the developer celebrated a ceremonial groundbreaking back in March, the recent all-clear from the City of Chicago means work can finally begin in earnest. The project received zoning approval to replace a shuttered strip mall in 2015.

The design of the fairly traditional-looking brick building comes from Z Feng Architect & Company and includes tenant amenities such as a rooftop deck, onsite bicycle facility, and an exercise room. The one- and two-bedroom apartments will range in size from 620 to 1,110 square feet and are expected to rent for between $1,100 to $2,000 a month.

With 73 parking spaces and the Morse ‘L’ stop within walking distance, the project seems to buck Chicago’s growing transit-oriented development (TOD) trend. With that being said, 23 of the stalls will be earmarked for public use. If some of the dedicated residential parking goes underutilized, the property manager says it would consider opening more spaces to “non-accessary,” neighborhood use.

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