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With Old Dairy Building’s Facade Surviving, $700,000 (And Up) Condos Will Soon Rise Behind It

The white front of the old Pure Dairy Products building was saved to add unique flair to the otherwise modern condo building going up at the site.

A new condo development, "The Boulevard," replaces the former Leona's.
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EAST VILLAGE —  New condos are underway at the site of the former Leona’s restaurant, which saw its front exterior wall preserved after neighbors and Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd) fought to keep the historic building in West Town’s East Village. 

Located at 1938 W. Augusta Blvd, the 16 condos from developer Wilshire Homes range between $700,000 and $1 million. The new development is named “The Boulevard.”

The units, which are all 3 bedrooms, got listed about six weeks ago. Listing agent Landon Harper on Wednesday said the homes are on track to be ready by spring 2019.

A few of the condos — including a duplex with a penthouse asking $950,000— are already under contract with buyers, Harper said. 

The facade of the building was formally part of a 1920s-era dairy  named Pure Daily Products that served the Ukrainian Village community and neighbors. It was preserved — but the rest of the structure was demolished in early spring.

The original white brick frontage of the dairy will be restored and incorporated into a new 5-story modern building. There will be a 14-foot-wide courtyard between the street and the new condo building, according to The Boulevard’s website. 

A parade or procession in front of the former dairy believed to have been from the 1940s. [Polish Museum of America] 

“The feedback on the look has been great,” Harper said.

A rendering shows how the historic facade will integrate with the newer building. [The Boulevard] 
A rendering of The Boulevard. [@properties/Landon Harper]

The four penthouse units feature private rooftop decks with Downtown skyline views. 

Harper said buyers are attracted to “the price point” of the building, the indoor heated parking and the variety of finishes available though interior designer Brianne Bishop.

A rendering of a kitchen in The Boulevard. 
Homes in The Boulevard will start at $700,000.