By Glenn Jeffers, Special to the Tribune
The lot that was once 4627 N. Beacon St. has been empty for almost four years, its dirt and grass a painful reminder of the three-story, blue-and-white Victorian frame house that was once there.
"That home was beautiful," said James Cappleman, who lives near the lot in Uptown. "Inside, it was gorgeous."
But many who watched in dismay as the house was demolished in 2005 said the battle over the property between residents and a local developer has been just as disturbing.
And now there are questions about the status of the project, the latest chapter in a wacky story that included a bungled zoning map, dueling petitions, a missing staircase and an alderman who jumped from siding with preservationists to granting the zoning change. Continue Reading