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Shuttered Homeless Shelter Near The 606 Could Be Torn Down For New Condos

If approved, it'll be the latest condo project to join an ever-changing stretch of California Avenue across from Bernhard Moos Elementary School.

The site of the proposed development.
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HUMBOLDT PARK — A developer is looking to convert a dilapidated former homeless shelter near The 606 into condos.

If approved, it’ll be the latest condo project to join the ever-changing stretch of California Avenue across from Bernhard Moos Elementary School.

Developer Vlad Lougin of Ascher, LLC is behind the proposal, according to Raymond Valadez, chief of staff for Ald. Joe Moreno, whose 1st Ward includes the site.

Lougin is looking to tear down the current two-story building at 1734 N. California Ave. — the former home of a men’s homeless shelter — and build a four-story, three-unit condo building with three parking spaces in its place. An attempt to reach Lougin’s attorney, Rolando Acosta, late Tuesday wasn’t immediately successful.

Valadez described the current building as “dilapidated.” He also said the city cited the property owner for failing to maintain it.

According to the city’s department of buildings, the building failed inspections in 2017 for violations like failing to maintain the exterior walls free from holes and rotting boards, according to Gregg Cunningham, spokesman for the department.

New Covenant Church, which has several locations throughout the city, is the building’s previous owner and oversaw the homeless shelter while it was running.

Neither church officials nor Valadez could immediately say when the shelter closed.

According to Lentonio Anderson, owner of neighboring 606 Hand Car Wash at 1752 N. California Ave. since 2006, the shelter closed at least five years ago.

At one point in the building’s history, nonprofit Chicago Dream Center ran its own shelter there, according to the Cook County Assessor’s Office.

Neighbors will get a chance to weigh in on the development proposal at a community meeting set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Moreno’s 1st Ward office, 2740 W. North Ave.

The site is currently zoned for a retail storefront with residential units above and the developer is seeking a similar zoning designation that would allow residential units on the ground floor.

Credit: Mina Bloom/Block Club Chicago
Several new condo projects have joined the 1700 block of North California Avenue in recent years.