On Tuesday the 46th ward zoning and development advisory committee voted in favor of the residential redevelopment of the former Immaculata High School at 640 W Irving Park Road in Uptown. Developers KGiles LLC and CA Ventures are working with local firm Perkins Eastman and Level Architecture on the design of the new mid-rise and have also set their sights on redeveloping the neighboring American Islamic College, which will now have to vacate its corner of Irving Park Road and Marine Drive.
The initial plans for the campus were announced in early 2020. An updated version of the project was presented to neighbors in May to accommodate some neighbors’ concerns where the development was sized down a third time to 437 total units. Nearly half of the units will be for senior housing, a necessity in the neighborhood as it lacks similar facilities with a large percentage of its population near retirement age.
The advisory-approved version of the project will yield a 22-story senior living high-rise with 192 units to be built on the American Islamic College’s existing parking lot. The existing school building which was designated a city landmark in 1983 will be converted into an additional 245 apartments.
Alderman James Cappleman of 46th said he will weigh the endorsement of the project from his zoning advisory board before announcing whether he plans to support the proposal. Should Cappleman support the project, the development will still need the city’s approval to allow for residential uses on the school campus.
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