The Chicago City Council has approved a rezoning for 2405 W Grand Avenue in West Town. The property is mostly vacant, home to a single billboard and is bound by W Grand Avenue to the north and N Western Avenue to the east. The billboard will be removed to make way for the development that has been planned by RDM Companies.
Designs come by way of Kennedy Mann and show that the project will result in a five-story mixed-use building. The building will rise 70 feet, and will house 4,745 square feet of ground-floor retail space, along with 40 dwelling units spread across the other floors. Plans show that the project’s unit mix will consist of eight studios, four one-bedroom units, 16 two-bedroom units, and 12 three-bedroom units.
The project will have 11 surface parking spaces as well as 35 indoor bike parking spaces. The developers plan to improve the pedestrian experience with decorative landscaping including planters and new trees along the sidewalk. There will also be cornice and marquee-style overhangs in order to shield pedestrians from inclement weather.
Now that City Council approval for the rezoning from M1-2 to C1-3 has been attained, the development finds itself nearing permission for construction. The developers will still need to seek a variation from the Zoning Board of Appeals to secure approval for the proposed reduction of the rear setback from 30 feet to zero for all floors containing residential units.