“I’m not confident that it is worthy of our lakefront,” said Planning Commissioner Maurice Cox
A plan to redevelop a rare vacant lakefront lot is moving forward despite a lack of enthusiasm from the city’s top planning official over the project’s architecture. Planning Commissioner Maurice Cox voted in favor of the proposal for 3636 N. Lake Shore Drive at July’s Plan Commission meeting but criticized the design and questioned whether it belonged on Chicago’s lakefront.
Pam and Steve Lipshutz had several offers for the building, but they didn’t take the highest bidder. Instead, they chose a developer who will keep the neighbors in mind as they develop what is likely to be apartments.
Everything is for sale at Tenenbaum True Value Hardware, a family-owned business in Lakeview that is closing after 98 years.
“Every day I come to work, it gets harder and harder to keep it together because this is my other home, this is my family, my customers are my family, my employees,” said Pam Lipshutz, owner
Those loyal employees include Christine Potthast, bookkeeper since 1959.
“I started after I graduated from high school,” she said. “My dad was a janitor here and he said, ‘Maury, give my daughter a job!’ and I’ve been here ever since.”
A new development is currently being marketed at the corner of Belmont and Halsted called Lakeview Connection. This is currently the site of Fifth Third Bank’s drive through, and will include a smaller version of the branch, with several more retail spaces available. A grocery store tenant has taken the second floor, and the rumor is that it will be Amazon Fresh. More information can be found here at this link from CBRE.
As we reported last year, proposed plans came out on a new TOD development replacing an abandoned building at 3347-49 N. Southport. As of March, 2020, the development had been approved according to Ald. Tom Tunney\’s website, and this week, construction fencing went up with demolition imminent. What do you think of this upcoming development?
“Hi Folks, I apologize for the short notice but the proposal for 3347-49 N. Southport will be presented and the West Lake View Neighbors (WLVN) meeting on Monday, November 18th on the second floor of The Butcher’s Tap, 3553 N. Southport Ave. A meet-and-greet begins at 6:30 p.m. before each meeting. I had hoped to have our website updated by today but we’ve hit a snag so I\’m attaching the updated plan set we received. We\’re also in the process of updating the narrative on our website (I hope to have it complete by tomorrow morning).
“The applicant has revised the proposal based on community feedback and is now requesting a zoning change from B3-2 to B3-3 to allow for a five-story mixed-use building. The building would contain 4,230 square feet of ground floor commercial space along with 28 dwelling units, 4 parking spaces and 28 bike parking stalls.” We hope you can join the WLVN meeting next week but we will also take comments, questions and feedback via email.
Spring 2019 construction is in full bloom, and two developments are starting to show their skin at the corners of Belmont and Southport. 3150 N. Southport is quickly becoming a 4-story luxury condominium complex with Byline Bank as a first-floor tenant. 3200 N. Southport is an apartment transit oriented development (TOD) with 5 floors and ground level retail (yet announced). Both buildings, along with the new Tied House from Schubas will greatly enhance the southern area of Chicago’s Southport Corridor, which runs all the way north to Irving Park Road. What do you think of the changes?
3150 & 3200 N. Southport Avenue under construction