Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Long-Empty Funeral Home To Become Retail Center
The developers are back, not only in Uptown, but right across the street from our community boundaries as well. The former Piser Weinstein Funeral Home on Broadway just north of Foster is going to be demolished and turned into retail, according to the developer who's rebuilding.
According to Chicago Real Estate Daily, "An affiliate of Chody Real Estate Corp. wants to bring new life to a vacant funeral home in Edgewater. The Chicago-based real estate development firm plans to demolish the existing building at 5206 N. Broadway and build a 20,000-square-foot multi-tenant retail complex there, said Chody Principal Bart Friedman." Read the entire article here.
Clearly the empty, unsafe funeral home has been a drag on the retail corridor, especially since it's been sporting big red X's, signifying that the building is vacant and could collapse, indicating to first responders not to enter unless someone's life is endangered. Yeah, nothing says "healthy retail" like a let it burn symbol on a building.
It's an ambitious project. We hope to see it come to fruition.
By Kate Uptown - August 13, 2013