Friday, January 7, 2022

After 3 Proposals, Developer Builds 'As Of Right' At 4537 N Clark


Previous 4 story rendering of 4537 N. Clark (Axios)

Ald. Cappleman just sent out his 2021 year in review newsletter and there were some interesting development tidbits as well as a rundown of all of the projects currently under construction, coming up, or being considered. We are certainly in one of the largest development booms in Uptown's recent history. 

The large property at 4537-45 N. Clark has been empty since demolition a year ago, and Alderman Cappleman's newsletter confirmed our sourcing showing that work is well underway in constructing a new building.  

In a process we see play out time and time again, another developer (Longford) has foregone community input and is building as of right. In each case, the developer requests a zoning change and the local block club (here Dover Street Neighbors) rejects each proposal over height, shadows or parking concerns. Then the developer tweaks the proposal to fit within current zoning and builds basically what was requested before the zoning change request, this time with no input from the alderman (and outside ARO requirements).

You might recall the long saga of this property from prior posts. Two different developers presented 3 different proposals, all turned down by Dover Street Neighbors, which claimed jurisdiction over Clark Street at the time.  Following the rejections, the owners proposed a one story strip mall, but we now know they have now returned to a mixed residential and retail concept.

From what we have seen, the new building will span the three lots and conform with current zoning. It appears the unit count has been lowered from 24 units to 14, suggesting a move to condos, rather than apartments. The building will still be 4 stories with balconies and ground floor retail. 

Although we don't have the latest rendering, we included the last rendering of a 4 story proposal, as the design will likely be similar, at least in size and scale. We will share the rendering once we receive it.

Again, because the developer is building within the zoning, the current local block club, Clark Street Neighbors Association, will not be consulted. 

Tying in with other developments, the development flood gates have opened on Clark! We look forward to seeing the building rise and welcoming new residents.

1 comment:

  1. I will add here, as I always try to do, that no block club is to blame for a development going forth or failing to do so. Block clubs, neighborhood associations and the like hold no role in our government.
    We had a 46th Ward Alderperson who consulted with no one. Alderperson knew best. Then we switched it up for an Alderperson who sought out input. I greatly prefer this method, but claims that Dover St. Neighbors killed the proposal and the like are misleading.
    "After listening to a variety of opinions, the Alderman made an informed decision" is a suitable conclusion. I don't see why scapegoating a block club here and there is necessary.