|The current parking lot behind the Uptown Theatre at Lawrence & Magnolia|
The Uptown Post Office once stood on this corner, but it was demolished after the current Uptown Post Office was built in 1939 at 4850 N. Broadway. According the Historic Aerials, the old post office was demolished sometime between 1952 and 1962.
For close to 60 years, nothing has stood on this site except for a parking lot. That's about to change.
The west side of the 4800 block of Magnolia falls into Ald. Matt Martin's 47th ward.
A developer purchased the parking lot last year for $3.4M and JAB Realty plans to build a five-story transit-oriented development (TOD) with a total of 54 residential units (majority of one bedrooms) and retail on the ground floor. According to the 47th ward office, the retail space will be mostly used as offices for JAB Realty. The lot is zoned B3-3, so it appears that JAB Realty plans to build slightly smaller than would be allowed by existing zoning. Because they are building within the current zoning, they will
|I & M Construction will be the general contractor on-site|
Construction signage is already up announcing
I & M Construction as the general contractor of the development. Expect to hear the pitter-patter of construction soon as the project has navigated most of the city's building permit hoops.
This development will add great density to the Lawrence corridor, placing another 54 units within easy walking distance of the Red Line and multiple bus lines. Most important, it replaces a surface parking lot with residential units, filling in a gap in the streetscape that has persisted for nearly 60 years, and adds to the local tax rolls.
We have not seen any renderings of the proposed development, but will share as soon as we receive them.