Zoning Approved For Mixed-Use Development At 2124 S Ashland Avenue In Lower West Side

Current view onto site via Google Maps

The Committee on Zoning has approved the rezoning for a new mixed-use development at 2124 S Ashland Avenue in Lower West Side. Located just north of the intersection with W 21st Place, the new project will gut an existing two-story masonry building led by developer 2124 Ashland Partners LLC with local firm DesignBridge serving as the architects on record.

Site context map via Google Maps

The developer of the 3,156-square-foot lot has received the approval to rezone the lot from a B3-2 Community Shopping District to that of a B2-3 Neighborhood Mixed-Use District effective immediately. The 5,188-square-foot, 30-feet-tall office building currently sits vacant with a ground-floor retail space and no vehicle spaces; this will be converted into four residential units each roughly 1,000 square feet in size with a Floor Area Ratio (FAR) of 1.54 remaining.

Proposed floor plans of 2124 S Ashland Avenue by DesignBridge

In what we’ve seen to be a growing trend, the two ground-floor apartments will be live/work units with half of their space being a workspace and the other a separate loft-style live area, the front unit will be a studio while the rear unit will be a one-bedroom residence, both will have a small shared lobby for direct access. On the second floor, two spacious three-bedroom, three-bathroom units will be built accessed from a small corridor.

Proposed elevations of 2124 S Ashland Avenue by DesignBridge

Small alterations and repairs will be made to the building’s facade, windows, and tuckpointing to bring it up to standards as well creating a new opening on the streetfront to give the ground-floor unit a proper storefront. No parking spaces will be built either as the project is within a two-minute walk of CTA bus service for Route 49 thus making it a Transit Oriented Development (TOD). At the moment no construction timeline has been established and the design will require further approval before proceeding.

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