Monday, May 26, 2014

New Apartment Complex Proposed For Buena Park

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From Buena Park Neighbors:

"Meeting for 20 Unit Apartment Complex Proposed for 4027 N. Broadway.  An informational presentation for Buena Park residents will be held to discuss a proposal for a 20 unit apartment complex at 4027 N. Broadway, currently occupied by the Ace Furniture. The developer will be presenting the plan and will take questions.

What:  Meeting on proposed apartment complex at 4027 N. Broadway
When:  Monday, June 2nd
Time:  7 pm
Place:  4101 N. Broadway (across from Michael's Pizza)

Everyone living in Buena Park is welcome at this meeting and will be given time to share their opinion."


  1. Another high-rent apartment building, I'm sure. Just what this area needs. Rents run about $1000/$1100 for a one bedroom. It doesn't insure occupancy. Tear down the businesses, run the businesses away and build a high-rent apartment building. Does anyone else notice all the vacant commercial space underneath these "shiny new apartment buildings" being built?

  2. Can only Buena Park residents attend? I'm all for more density, especially market rate, but I love that building's facade. It literally was the first thing I photographed when I bought my new DSLR.

    1. I'd try emailing general@buenaparkneighbors for more information.

  3. Is this a done deal, or can the residents still have a say? Agree with the other poster who said, Does anyone else notice all the vacant commercial space underneath these "shiny new apartment buildings" being built? My 2 cents, do we really need another 'ugly' modern apartment building? Why couldn't that be used for a restaurant, Middle Eastern, Indian, Japanese, steak house, etc. the possibilities for a restaurant are endless.

    1. Do you have a restaurant lined up? Or have you spoken with some of your favorite existing Middle Eastern, Indian, Japanese, or steak house places about going in there? There are always lots of ideas about businesses that people think should go in particular locations, but there is almost always a disconnect between the people who have the grand ideas that a vegetarian Indian steak house should go in a particular location and the people who they expect will just stumble upon these locations and fork out huge sums of cash to acquire the building, build it out up to code and install the necessary equipment, put together a staff to run the place, and get the city permits--AND operate at a profit sufficient to pay the bills and make a living. I would love to see someone with these sorts of specific ideas reply to these sorts of posts by saying, "I know someone looking for a space to open a new restaurant--I'm telling them about it now!" A good example is the "French market" that has been discussed for years and still hasn't found anyone that we know of to jump in.

      That being said, we know nothing about the design plans for this proposed apartment no one should be getting their underwear in a bunch until they see architectural renderings. You could be surprised--maybe Jean Gang is designing it. And I'm not surprised that the Shilleristas are wringing their hands about *GASP*--MARKET RATE apartments being proposed. To paraphrase their old saying, if you don't want to pay the sort of rent they may ask for at this new building, you're welcome to not rent there. Not everything has to be subsidized, and as a matter of fact, more market rate housing is very necessary in Uptown to balance the over-abundance of subsidized housing that has given the neighborhood a bad reputation (for good reason) for decades. More sidewalk traffic from average Joes and Jills would be a huge shot in the arm for that stretch of Broadway--it's great to see the number of people that have appeared between Irving Park and Waveland since that stretch started cleaning up. Throw the doors of welcome open, and let's get more private investment going full steam ahead. Cappleman is doing a great job.

    2. Ursine One,

      once again reading your comments is like a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day or an apple a day keeping the doctor away. Uptown needs more market rate development as do many/most areas of our fine city. Twenty units likely means 30 or so people shopping and paying taxes. It's a relatively small number of people, but a few dozen here and a few dozen there does make a difference. Another added benefit is thinking about the Uptown Uprising crowd getting heartburn over it. I figure that as I'm typing this Littleton and Ryne are separately planning to attend the meeting and be as disruptive and annoying as possible. I'm picturing a twerk off between the two of them in the middle of the floor as the meeting progresses.

      I believe the meeting is being held where they had that Buena Park art pop up thing last year so unfortunately Littleton knows his way. Ryne will probably have to put on a pith helmet and hire a local guide to direct him there. Interestingly recently Ryne claimed to have lived in Uptown for a "decade". Now generally "decade" in common usage means ten years, but it can be a "group, set or series of ten". I guess Ryne was referring to months and not years as ten years ago he was maybe 14 years old and living in some downstate farm area.

      Bear I suggest we gather a group together and start an Uptown focused development company. Let's call it MRHD or Market Rate Housing Development. Our nickname will be MisteR HarD.

      I know YOU will appreciate that and perhaps we can work in an erectile dysfunction joke somewhere. What we have in Uptown is social dysfunction and a market rate v subsidized dysfunction. Unfortunately, there's no little blue pill for that, but we're making progress.

  4. I Agree with everyone above-enough is enough with these high priced apts going up.

  5. There's already far, far too much affordable housing in Uptown. We need more market rate and luxury units to balance out the area.