Friday, October 26, 2012

New Development In The Former "Off Limits" Buildings

Apparently it's "Development Day!" on Uptown Update, as there's news of a third property to be developed, in addition to the Somerset and Maryville:

Last November, the three buildings at 4415-4421 N Clark were decrepit, dangerous, burned, and declared "Off Limits" by the city. We watched them get torn down, one by one, until only an empty lot remained, which became a parking lot. The lots were listed for sale.

We noticed last week that the chain-link fence had been removed and wondered if something was going on.

A reader sent in this photo of a building permit that was put up at the site.  It reads:  "On October 17, 2012, an application was filed by 4421 Clark LLC, to establish a four-story commercial and 18 dwelling unit building with rear yard reduction."

Way back in 2007, another developer had plans for an 18-unit condo building at the same site, which was put on hold in 2008 because of the economy.  We wonder if it might be look something like the previous plan?

Sounds interesting, and we hope it happens this time. This long-neglected block is finally getting some attention, with Pecking Order moving in and Black Ensemble Theater building its gorgeous new space. It's good to see the momentum keep going.

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