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Uptown synagogue conversion, Bucktown apartment plan to seek zoning approvals

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Two notable residential projects will head to Chicago’s Zoning Board of Appeals later this month

Developers plan to convert Uptown’s Agudas Achim Synagogue into 40 residences.
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A pair of medium-sized residential development proposals are listed on the agenda of this month’s meeting of the Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals. Featuring a combined 70 new dwelling units, the two north side projects will be heard and voted upon by the board on April 21st in Room 200 of Chicago’s City Hall at 121 N. LaSalle. The public meeting provides an opportunity for comment from private citizens to voice their objections or support.

First up, is a new four-story apartment slated for 1667 N. Western Avenue at the border of Wicker Park and Bucktown. Property owner and redeveloper Gene Bernshtam has tapped Chicago-based Axios Architects to design the project. The new brick-clad building is expected to contain 30 rental units and parking for 25 cars. Last summer, DNAinfo reported that Pipeworks Brewery had expressed interest in anchoring the new development’s ground floor retail space.

Axios Architects

Meanwhile, Cedar Street Cos. will be seeking a variance to move forward with the residential conversion of Uptown’s Agudas Achim Synagogue. Located at 5029 N. Kenmore Avenue, the 1922 structure was included on Preservation Chicago's 2015 list of most threatened buildings before being acquired for adaptive reuse last April at a reported cost of $1.25 million.

If approved, the conversion would feature 40 dwelling units to be served by a new 21-stall surface lot. Cedar Street is also currently working on the residential adaptive reuse of Chicago’s historic Bush Temple of Music and expanding the old River North office building at 676 N. LaSalle into 49 new apartment units.

The Agudas Achim Synagogue at 5029 N. Kenmore Avenue.
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