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Four Uptown developments expected to break ground in 2018

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The North Side neighborhood looks to carry last year’s momentum into the new year

A street level rendering of the project slated for 975 W. Wilson.
46th Ward

Coming off of a busy 2017, Chicago’s 46th Ward—which includes much of Uptown and part of the Lakeview neighborhood—is poised for more development in 2018. According to a new year’s email from 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman, no less than four major transit-oriented development (TOD) apartment projects are expected to break ground this year.

975 W. Wilson

Slated to be the tallest new apartment project to start construction in 2018, the 12-story development at the southeast corner of Wilson and Sheridan will feature 150 dwelling units, new ground floor retail space, and a 29-car parking lot. On track for a first quarter start, the glassy building comes from developer and contractor Clayco and architect Forum Studio.

975 W. Wilson.
Forum Studio

4601 N. Broadway

A couple of blocks to the west at the corner of Broadway and Wilson, a second mixed-use transit-oriented development is expected to begin construction in the first quarter of this year. Known by its address of 4601 N. Broadway, the nine-story project from Praedium Development Corporation and MX3 Architects will replace a single-story retail complex with 197 rental units, 11,500 square feet of retail space, and 41 parking stalls.

4601 N. Broadway
MX3 Architects

1050 W. Wilson

The alderman also revealed that a long-discussed but slow-moving development at 1050 W. Wilson is too targeting a 2018 start. Approved by the Chicago Plan Commission way back in May of 2015, the project from Cedar Street’s FLATS brand calls for a new seven-story, 110-unit building from architect Booth Hansen. According to Cappleman’s email, the developer is in the process securing financing for the project and “hopes” to be in the ground by the end of the year.

1050 W. Wilson.
Booth Hansen

3921 N. Sheridan

Expected to begin work in the second quarter of 2018, this seven-story TOD is located near the Uptown/Lakeview border. Replacing a low-rise Ace Hardware building, the project at 3921 N. Sheridan comes from property owner Joe Lomanto and Chicago-based Sullivan, Goulette, & Wilson Architects. It will feature first-floor retail, 120 rental units, and 16 parking spots.

3921 N. Sheridan.
Sullivan, Goulette, & Wilson Architects

Notable Renovations

While 2018 is shaping up to be a big year for new construction in the 46th Ward, Alderman Cappleman also mentioned some renovation projects on the immediate horizon. The single-room-occupancy Wilson Men’s Hotel at 1124 W. Wilson is expected to undergo a gut rehab by City Pads and reopen offering a mix of market rate and affordable units.

The Aldi store at 4500 N. Broadway has also been tapped for a makeover in 2018. It will receive a new entrance and a more pedestrian-friendly configuration, the alderman’s email said.