|Leland/Sheridan as it looks today|
|Proposed building elevation along Leland|
For years, we have admired the classic red brick building at the southwest corner of Leland and Sheridan with the terra cotta faces on it. It has been through a lot in the past couple decades. A slumlord ran it into the ground. It was classified as a problem building and was in Housing Court for six years. It was foreclosed on; the bank that owned it took several years to rehab it into an inhabitable state.
Now there is a community meeting scheduled to discuss a zoning change requested by Sarah's Circle's which would involve razing it and putting a new seven-story building in its place.
We would hate to see that happen to this vintage building (aka 1001-1017 West Leland and 4654 North Sheridan). We think highly of Sarah's Circle, and would like to see them continue to expand and grow in Uptown. But surely there are better locations that would not involve the destruction of an attractive rehabbed building that goes back nearly a century?
- 4921 North Sheridan, the site of the long-gone Vietnamese supermarket, comes to mind.
- So does 4445 North Sheridan, the now-shuttered Unique Thrift Store site.
Per Truman Square Neighbors' Facebook page:
"You are invited to attend a community meeting hosted by Alderman Cappleman that will take place next Monday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. at Sarah’s Circle located at 4838 N Sheridan Rd.You can see full architectural plans of the proposed new building in the comments of that post.
Background: Sarah's Circle is expanding their physical footprint to serve more women. The agreement to purchase their adjacent property that the community agreed to up-zone in February fell through.They are now purchasing a property farther south at 4654 N. Sheridan at the southeast corner of Sheridan and Leland. Alderman Cappleman would like your feedback on the proposal to up-zone this property for this project.
The architects, Perkins + Will will be there to discuss the purpose of the zoning change, the new design, and answer any questions you may have regarding the current and proposed buildings. I have attached the plans, including the front (Sheridan) and north (Leland) elevations. Additionally, Kathy Ragnar, Executive Director of Sarah's Circle, other staff, and board members will be in attendance to answer any questions you may have about the organization and their programs."