Updated details have been revealed for the mixed-use development at 4343-4357 N Richmond Street in Irving Park. Located on the southeast corner with W Montrose Avenue a few blocks west from Horner Park, the multiple-building proposal replaces the previous Twisted Hippo structure which burned down in February 2022. Now developer Alan Candea is working with local firm Compass Architecture on their design after receiving community feedback on an earlier iteration.
Four nearly identical buildings will replace the rubble with their fronts facing Richmond Street and the structure on the corner containing a full ground floor with retail space. This was due to neighbors expressing their dislike for the previous plans without any activation on Montrose, with just a few small windows and mostly a masonry wall on the popular commercial strip. Now a 2,363-square-foot commercial space will have a large storefront on both streets pushing the previous program up and becoming the taller of the four.
Overall there will be 24 residential units split into six per building, these will be made up of three- and four-bedroom layouts. Each of the for-sale condominiums will also have a private vehicle parking space in the garage building in the building’s rear, with a small seven-foot-wide yard between the main and rear structures. While there will be no affordable units in the project, all units will also have a small outdoor balcony on the front and a small rooftop deck with water service for vegetation.
The building’s will alternate between a yellow and gray-brown masonry facade with decorative limestone details. The developers also revealed that the units will sell from $550,000 to $700,000, though no price for the construction of the overall project has been revealed. At the moment a rezoning approval is still required though it will be seen by the Zoning Board of Appeals later this month, no completion timeline has been revealed. A PDF presentation for the proposal can be found here.