Plans for “Lawrence Gateway,” a new mixed-use development at 2919 W Lawrence Avenue in Ravenswood Manor, have been unveiled. Situated near N Manor Avenue, this project is prominently located at the northern border of the neighborhood, opposite Ronan Park. The initiative is led by Malek Abdulsamad of MAS Ventures, with Wight & Company as the architect.
The development spans approximately 55,550 square feet, featuring a five-story building reaching a height of 61 feet. It will occupy the eastern edge of the lot along the diagonal side alley. Adjacent to this structure will be a modestly sized parking lot with 20 parking spaces plus 1 off-street loading space, complemented by a 1:1 bike parking ratio, and a small plaza at the front along Lawrence Avenue, extending to the rear of the property.
Lawrence Gateway will house two retail units on the ground floor, with around 9,300 square feet of retail space on Lawrence Avenue, designed to activate a designated retail corridor. These retail spaces will include outdoor patios on the plaza. Above, the building will accommodate 40 residential units: 8 affordable units and 32 market-rate units, with a mix of 45% two-bedroom, 38% one-bedroom, and 18% studio apartments, varying in size from 511 to 1,047 square feet. Select units on the second floor will feature outdoor patios atop the base’s roof.
Residents will have access to a small lounge on the fifth floor with an outdoor patio. The ground floor will be clad in a gray metal panel with large storefront windows and a metal facade on the upper floors. Residents will enjoy direct access to the park as well as the soon to be remodeled Global Garden Refugee Training Farm.
In terms of sustainability, Lawrence Gateway is designed to exceed Chicago’s sustainability parameters. It aims to achieve 100 points on the Chicago Sustainability checklist, and is designed to earn Energy Star and Zero Energy Ready Homes (ZERH) certifications. The development will also include 2 EV charging stations and 2 additional EV ready charging stations.
The project benefits from a “recovery grant” from the city of Chicago, which helps bridge the financing gap. It is conveniently located near transit options, including the CTA bus route 81 and the CTA Brown Line Francisco station, which is a mere five-minute walk away.
The community presentation of Lawrence Gateway is scheduled for next week. The developer is seeking to rezone the site from C1-2 to C1-3 and will obtain demolition permits subsequently. A formal groundbreaking date is yet to be announced.