Saturday, April 12, 2014
Ald. Pawar: Empty Lots At Lawrence/Clark In Development
The two empty lots in the northwest corner of Lawrence and Clark, which have been empty since at least 2008, might have a future.
Ald. Pawar just posted on Facebook: "#ANewLawrence is getting another addition! The empty lots @ Lawrence and Clark will soon be home to a mixed-use development. McPherson Elementary (education anchor) and Mariano's (retail anchor) helped us secure this new project."
The corner lot one used to have a turreted three-flat in it, which was demolished just in time for the real estate bubble to burst. It was also the one-time home of Gast Monuments, which supplied headstones to St. Boniface, across the street.
It will be good to see something there again. Let's hope the project Ald. Pawar is talking about becomes a reality.
Update: Brian Bobcat requested a photo of the previous building that was there, so here one is (below). It was taken in 1986 and the bottom floor was occupied by what appears to be a dive bar. The last business to be there was BQ African Root Restaurant at 4802 N Clark. From the comments in previous UU posts about that corner, those who remember say the building was pretty at one time in its history, but had become rundown, as was the case with so many of Uptown's buildings. As the community slid into poverty, many owners just didn't have the money to maintain their properties. The photo is from the Chicago Library's digital archives.
By Kate Uptown - April 12, 2014