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Redesigned Old Town apartment project to be discussed at community meeting

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Earlier versions of the proposed development were rejected for being too tall and dense

A rendering of the 293-unit version of the project that was rejected by Alderman Hopkins in September.
2nd Ward

After previous iterations failed to win over the local alderman and a number of neighbors, a freshly amended plan to redevelop Old Town’s Father and Son Plaza will be discussed this week.

First revealed in late 2016 as a 14-story building containing 365 rental apartments, the mixed-use project at the corner of North and Larrabee was scaled back to 10 stories and 293 units. It was subsequently rejected in September due to lingering concerns over parking, traffic, and density.

The Father and Son Plaza retail strip at 609-57 W. North Avenue.
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After further refinement, the plan is nearly ready to be reintroduced to community members. According to a zoning application recently filed with the City of Chicago, the latest design for the North Avenue development has again reduced the number of units—this time to a total of 261.

Developed by White Oak Realty Partners and designed by FitzGerald Associates Architects, the proposal still requires a zoning change from a B3-2 to a B3-5. 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins has yet to support or reject the revised plan and will use the meeting as an opportunity to collect public comments.

The presentation is scheduled for Thursday, January 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the Latin School of Chicago at 59 W. North Avenue. The same project is also listed on the busy January draft agenda of the Chicago Plan Commission. The group is set to meet one week later on January 18th.