Further Details Revealed For Development Replacing City Lit Books In Logan Square

Elevations of 2525 N Kedzie Boulevard by LBBA Architects

Further details have been revealed for the mixed-use affordable development at 2525 N Kedzie Boulevard in Logan Square. Sitting on the northeast corner of the intersection with N Linden Place, we originally covered the announcement of the project earlier this year. The proposal is being led by Bickerdike Redevelopment with local firm LBBA Architects working on the design.

Site map with potential layout based on information via Google Maps

Current view onto site via Google Maps

The site was the original home of the Logan Square station operating between 1895 to 1970 prior to being relocated. Thus the CTA still owns the 43,000-square-foot site which currently contains a one-story commercial building that holds famed book store City Lit Books. Back in 2021 the CTA issued the RFP which selected Bickerdike as the winning developer.

Site plan of 2525 N Kedzie Boulevard by LBBA Architects

Now the first images of the project have been revealed as its zoning application has been submitted. Set to rise 80 feet at its tallest, the angled L-shaped site will hold two separate structures split by a small green space on top of some underground utility crossings. This will eventually connect to the green space planned by the city on the empty lot surrounding the Blue Line’s tunnel ramp.

Elevations of 2525 N Kedzie Boulevard by LBBA Architects

Elevations of 2525 N Kedzie Boulevard by LBBA Architects

Overall the development will hold 96 residential units made up of one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts, similar to the nearby Emmett Street Apartments from the same development and design team. The main building fronting Kedzie will step up in height from three to seven-stories as it moves away from the street, creating rooftop terraces for residents.

Elevations of 2525 N Kedzie Boulevard by LBBA Architects

The ground floor would also contain 5,200 square feet of retail space for City Lit Books without raising rent from their current space. Residents will also have access to 20-vehicle parking spaces and 96 bicycle spaces. The front building will utilize a mix of brick and precast panels for its facade. The rear structure will rise three-stories and be clad in the same materials.

Elevations of 2525 N Kedzie Boulevard by LBBA Architects

The developer has now secured a 99-year lease on the site and has begun applying for funding including LIHTC money. With its zoning application in motion, the project could begin demolition by the end of the year though an official timeline has not been revealed.

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9 Comments on "Further Details Revealed For Development Replacing City Lit Books In Logan Square"

  1. well now that I know citylit will still be around I am truly excited for this development. it feels like a deal too good to be true. I just hope they make the second building a little taller to fit more units in

    • Anti-Parking Wizard | March 21, 2024 at 9:56 am | Reply

      I feel exactly the same way! I was really conflicted between the need for walkable density and affordable housing and the possibility of losing my favorite local bookstore. Now, we can have both, so I’m really excited about what’s to come.

  2. Too bad that it’s subsidized housing.

    We need more market rate density everywhere.

    • Why? They just build over priced garbage half the time. Sorry nobody wants to pay 4K for a poorly made 2bed apartment.

      • What you want doesn’t dictate reality.

        When housing is subsidized, then somebody other than you is paying for it. That $4k “crappy” apartment still costs the same, the difference being that when it is subsidized, other people are pulling your weight for you.

        • You do know how taxes work right? Lord forbid our taxes go into housing. Plenty of market rate apartments for you to find.

    • Truth Be Told | March 21, 2024 at 1:20 pm | Reply


  3. Deborah McCoy | March 22, 2024 at 7:36 pm | Reply

    Yay! More affordable housing please so my working class neighbors can live near their jobs. Win win. We really need this.

  4. You probably don’t mean this, but your “working class neighbors” comment is really patronizing.

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