Construction is imminent on a 10-story mixed-use development located at 4747 W Irving Park Road in Portage Park. Permits for the foundation of the structure and for the tower crane have been approved and issued. Located on a triangular parcel, the site is bound by W Irving Park Road, N Milwaukee Avenue, and N Kilpatrick Avenue. Ryan Companies is the developer and designer behind the project.
The development will be anchored by retail space measuring 45,000 square feet at the base of the building. Senior residential living will be located on the upper floors. A total of 258 units will be broken down into 114 independent living units, 98 assisted living units, and 46 memory care units. The unit scope will include 11 affordable units for seniors.
The development site features a public plaza including a mid-block connection for circulation within the site. The path will connect W Irving Park Road and N Milwaukee Avenue through the site. There will be 215 parking spaces included within the block. Infrastructure improvements include lanes, parking and stations for bicycles, wider sidewalks and updated streetscapes, and a corner plaza. Roadway and curb improvements will be completed on N Kilpatrick Avenue and N Milwaukee Avenue to reduce traffic speed.
As part of the development process, the developer made changes to the scope of the project. The number of independent living units was increased from 103 to 114. The number of assisted living units was decreased from 114 to 98. Memory care units were increased from 44 to 46 units. The increased on-site affordable units was increased from 10 to 11.
The site was rezoned from B3-2 to B3-3 to allow for the additional 31,000 square feet needed to deliver on-site affordable housing.
The site is near multiple CTA bus lines. Routes 54, 56, and 80 CTA bus lines are all accessible at the intersection of W Irving Park Road, N Cicero Avenue, and N Milwaukee Avenue. The Irving Park CTA L station, serviced by the Blue Line, can be reached within a 16-minute walk from the site.
The development is expected to cost over $130 million to complete. Construction was originally slated to begin in November 2020, but with permit approval coming through now in January 2021, the timeline has been delayed. The retail opening was expected for November 2021 and the senior living component was expected for October 2022. It is likely that the expected completion dates have also been delayed, but that hasn’t been confirmed.