|MCZ Development's proposal for 4511-4523 N. Clark (2RZ Architecture)|
|Current one story vacant retail (Google)|
MCZ Development is proposing to replace the nondescript retail building that spans 4511-4523 N. Clark with a five-story residential building with retail on the ground floor.
Per the design, 56 units of housing are included, along with six affordable on-site units and 27 garage parking spaces. The building is designed with significant setbacks from the alley and Clark to minimize loss of light, primarily to satisfy previous objections from homeowners directly behind the development.
The parcel is currently zoned C1-2; the developer is requesting a zoning change to C1-3.
And just up the street....
After Dover Street Neighbors recently voted on three separate occasions to reject three different proposals for a residential development at 4537 N Clark, the owner is taking a different approach that will not leave his property open to community approval.
The existing buildings on the site (relatively modern one-story retail storefronts) are in the process of being demolished. The property owner will replace them with a two-story retail/office building with a 4,200sf parking lot in the rear.
This development will be built under the existing C1-2 zoning designation, thereby bypassing any approvals or input on the design from the block club and/or the alderman.
|After Dover Street Neighbors turned down a residential proposal at 4537 N Clark, this two-story office/retail building will be constructed on the site|
|A former proposal at 4537 N Clark, rejected for being "too dense" for the location by the neighboring block club|
If developers' proposals are repeatedly rejected, they will build what they can under existing zoning, and Clark will remain as it is now, a few existing stores bookended by empty storefronts, with very little foot traffic drawn to the area.
We hope that eventually, development will be allowed to progress on Clark Street. It will bring vibrancy and energy to an area that desperately needs it.