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Two Years After Church Collapse Near Wicker Park’s Dog Park, Condos Slated To Rise In Its Place

The decades-old Mision Cristina Church collapsed in 2016, stalling planned redevelopment on the prime Wicker Park corner.

A rendering of the condos coming to the corner of Schiller and Evergreen.
John Conrad Schiess
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WICKER PARK — Construction on seven condos on the corner of Schiller and Evergreen streets at the site of the collapsed Mision Cristiana church will finally begin soon.

The former church had previously been poised for redevelopment into two single-family homes and two townhomes when it partially collapsed and caved-in on October 24, 2016.

Peter Stevens, a principal with Forma Construction, bought the corner lot last year from the developer who was initially planning to build homes there. Stevens was issued a permit from the city this week to build a new 3-story, 4-unit condo building with a basement and detached 4-car garage. A second permit for a 3-unit building at 1907 W. Schiller St. is expected to be issued soon, Stevens said Thursday.

Architect John Conrad Schiess’ designs call for two neighboring condo buildings offering four duplexes and three condos, respectively, at 1909-1911 and 1907 W. Schiller St. in Wicker Park.

The design for the brick and limestone building at 1907 W. Schiller St. features curved glass windows overlooking the corner. 

Credit: John Conrad Schiess
A rendering of the condos coming to the corner of Schiller and Evergreen.

If everything goes as planned, construction will start within the next few weeks and the homes will be ready by early next summer, Stevens said. Pricing has not yet been determined. 

The corner is across the street from Wicker Park’s dog park and faces historic two and three-flat buildings on the Evergreen Street side.

Credit: John Conrad Schiess
The new condo project includes garages. 

“We are glad to see it moving forward. I am sure neighbors are tired of the fence [around the lot],” said Paul Dickman, chairman of the Wicker Park Committee’s preservation and development subcommittee, which voted to support the condo project last July.

Construction was initially supposed to begin this spring, but the project took longer than expected to get approved, Dickman said.

Credit: Alisa Hauser/Block Club Chicago
A vacant lot at Schiller and Evergreen where the church once stood. 

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