The Chicago City Council has approved an adaptive reuse plan to convert a convent building into apartments at 2219 N Hamilton Avenue in Bucktown. Located on the grounds of Saint Hedwig Catholic Church, the former convent building is located at the intersection of N Hamilton Avenue and W Webster Avenue. Chedid Properties is the developer behind the project.
Designed by SPACE Architects + Planners, the adaptive reuse will convert the former convent into 23 dwelling units. Rising three floors, the structure will remain mostly unchanged, with the footprint and massing staying the same. New windows will complement a full interior renovation of the building, topped by a new common roof deck.
The new unit breakdown will consist of one studio, three one-bedrooms, ten two-bedrooms, and nine three-bedroom apartments. The development will provide three affordable units, including two two-bedrooms and one three-bedroom residence. The affordable housing will be targeted at income levels at 60 percent of the Area Median Income. Additionally, 18 parking spaces will be included.
The plan includes a request to rezone the site from R2-4 to RM-5.5, with a final designation as a Planned Development. The $3.5 million scheme has received approval for the zoning change from the zoning committee, in addition to approvals by the Chicago Plan Commission and now the full Chicago City Council. A timeline for the construction has not been established.