The Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals approved the zoning exemptions for a mixed-use development at 3244 N Lincoln Avenue in Lakeview. Located on an L-shaped lot just south of the intersection with W School Street, the new structure will replace a one-story building which has already been demolished, and a two-story building that fronts W Melrose Street. Developer 3244 Lincoln, LLC partnered with Lazlo Simovic Architects on the uniquely shaped project.
The slim building will fit onto a 25-foot-wide lot and had a reduction of the required rear setback from 30 feet to one foot approved by the board. Rising four stories, the property will deliver ground-floor retail space, which was requested by the local commerce board, and seven residential units with one at street level on W Melrose Street and the remaining six on the floors above.
All of the units within the 46-foot-tall building will consist of two-bedroom, one- or two-bathroom layouts with private balconies, U-shaped kitchens, and in-unit washer and dryers. All residents will have access to seven bike parking spaces but no on-site vehicle parking, a reduction previously approved by the board. Rents will range from $2,000 to $2,500 a month and include access to a large outdoor roof deck that faces both roads.
With this and the previous approvals by city council, the property is now free to move forward with its groundbreaking, pending the submission of construction permits which have not come through as of yet. It is worth noting the developer originally planned to begin work on the structure in the fall of 2021 with an August 2022 completion averaging a year-long construction timeline, we can expect a similar range in the future.