The Chicago City Council has approved the rezoning of a mixed-use development at 3914 N Lincoln Avenue in North Center. Located in an oddly shaped lot wedged between N Damen Avenue to the west and N Lincoln Avenue to the east, the project replaces an empty lot and various existing buildings, one of which was orange-rated. The team behind the dense project is Longford Construction with SPACE Architects + Planners as the designers.
The rezoning of the lot has multiple layers, it will initially be rezoned from a B1-2 Neighborhood Shopping District to B3-3 Community Shopping District before being converted to a Residential-Business Planned Development, which will absolve it from further approvals. The 24,554-square-foot lot will be filled with a 97,773-square-foot building rising five stories and 61 feet in height and hold 68 residential units.
After significant community input on the original treatment of the N Damen Avenue streetfront, the approved design will deliver 27 vehicle parking spaces bound by a 6,300-square-foot retail space on N Lincoln Avenue and a smaller 1,247 square foot retail space and gym on N Damen Avenue. The floors above will contain 60 two-bedroom and eight three-bedroom units starting at $2,300 a month, all of which will have private inset balconies and access to communal amenity spaces in the transit-rich area.
Seven of the units will be on-site affordable residences with the remaining seven required by code being located off site. Residents won’t just have access to the CTA within a short walk, but will also receive a one-year Divvy bike membership as a station is located directly across the street. Longford Construction will break ground soon with an anticipated spring 2023 delivery date.