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Mixed-use development pitched for the corner of Ashland and Lawrence

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The proposal would bring another 39 residential units to Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood

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A four-story, mixed-use development is in the works for the southeast corner of Ashland and Lawrence in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood, replacing a longtime auto repair shop with new apartments and retail space.

The project, according to a summary sheet posted to the website of 47th Ward Alderman Ameya Pawar, would feature 39 rental units above two ground-floor retail bays delivering a combined 3,700 square feet of commercial space. The Hannah Architects-designed structure would also contain 35 parking spaces and a 550-square-foot fitness room for residents.

Chicago-based Trianon Development still needs to finalize its acquisition of the property. Current owner Tom Baker recently told hyperlocal news site Uptown Update that Lawrence & Ashland Auto Service will continue to serve its customers in the meantime.

The southeast corner of Lawrence and Ashland.
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Provided the transaction goes through, the redevelopment plan will still require city approval in the form of a zoning bump (B3-2 to a B3-3 designation) and a variance to reduce the on-site parking requirement down from 39 spaces. Alderman Pawar and the 47th Ward Zoning Advisory Committee are expected to review the plan as early as this month.

Ravenswood has recently experienced an influx of multi-family developments. Upcoming projects include a four-story, 24-unit building next to the Damen Brown Line station, the apartment conversion of the former American Indian Center at 4601 N. Paulina Street, and the Montrose Green development near the Montrose Brown Line station.