Plans have been announced for two new grocery stores in Austin and North Lawndale. The effort comes from two local entrepreneurs who see the value in providing healthy food in areas considered food deserts up as recent as the last decade, the two stores will potentially be located at an old Salvation Army Building located at 5713 W Chicago Avenue in Austin developed by Liz Abunaw and 628 S Pulaski Road in North Lawndale developed by Albert Peterson.
Initial details for the framework of a new elevated trail on the west side spanning Homan Square and North Lawndale have been reviewed by the Committee on Design. In what is a first for the committee, the plan for the ‘Altenheim Line’ was presented by the Department of Planning and Development who is working with the Chicago Department of Transportation and Department of Housing, along with the design team consisting of SOM, HOOD Design Studio, and Latent Design.
Stabilization work has been ordered on the Laramie State Bank Building located at 5200 W Chicago Avenue in Austin. As a part of one of the Invest South/West sites, the bank will see a new life as an incubator, cafe, and blues music museum as work progresses over the coming years. Sitting on the northwest corner of the intersection with N Laramie Avenue, the bank has been vacant for nearly a decade and is in dire need of work to assure its long-term feasibility.
The newly-launched Committee on Design has reviewed a proposed mixed-use development at 5200 W Chicago Avenue in Austin. The property is a rectangular site fronting W Chicago Avenue. The parcel is bound by N Laramie Avenue to the east and N Latrobe Avenue to the west, with a public alley at its northern boundary. The site is currently home to the abandoned Laramie State Bank Building in addition to a series of vacant lots. Led by Heartland Housing Alliance and Oak Park Regional Housing Center, the proposal is the winning bid from the city’s Invest South/West Austin RFP.
The Chicago City Council has approved the 8.1-acre North Union megadevelopment in the Near North Side. Generally bounded by the CTA Brown Line tracks and W Oak Street, W Chestnut Street, and N Wells Street, the North Union site will spread across eight acres. Planned by JDL Development, the project site is currently occupied by one- or two-story buildings, parking lots, and an athletic field, all part of the Moody Bible Institute campus. The entire plan reserves 9.4 acres for Moody Bible Institute while turning over the remaining 8.1 acres over to JDL.