A new permit was issued for the construction of a residential development at 1920 N Howe Street in Lincoln Park. Located just south of the intersection with W Armitage Avenue, the site is within walking distance to Oz Park and Steppenwolf Theater as well as plenty of shopping and dining. The property is being developed by a private owner with McCormack Sean Baccus serving as the architect on record.
The site previously held a three-story, single-family home built in 1881. and clad in bright red brick. Although it was fully renovated with modern interiors, it was purchased for $680,000 late last year and completely demolished in order to build a similar home in its place.
Replacing it will be a new three-story, type 5-A or wood construction, single family home with an attached garage all clad in new masonry. It will boast an elevator across all floors, a new roof deck over the garage, a light well, and be surrounded by a five-foot ornamental iron fence according to the approved permit.
Bus service for CTA Routes 8, 37, and 73 are within a five-minute walk, as well as the CTA Brown and Purple Lines at Armitage station via a 10-minute walk. Construction on the site is now allowed to proceed with Environs Group LLC serving as the general contractor for the project.
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Every Lincoln Park article is depressing
Does anyone have insight into the economics of tear downs. Do these people simply lose money to achieve their dream home? 680k also seems low so I’d assume that’s a related party sale
I’m pretty libertarian, generally, on projects such as these, but this specific project seems like an objective and irrational literal waste.
I hate what Lincoln Park represents on all levels. Historic buildings that give Chicago its classic character are routinely discarded even when they’re in good structural condition and there’s tons of underutilized or vacant lots around the north side.
I’m a former owner of a unit in this building (sold several years ago). The article is wrong, this building used to be a 4-flat (all 2BR condos). All the old homes on the rest of the block have steadily been ‘dozed and replaced with McMansions over the last 15-20 years, so we always knew this building would be targeted. Another owner in the neighborhood was acquiring units in the building one at a time with the ultimate goal of tearing it down–that’s probably why the “purchase” price was so low (probably just had to acquire one last unit to close it out). It’s a shame, those old Chicago row/townhomes were what made LP so special.