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Revamped Six Corners Sears Plan Was Posted By Accident, Developer Says After Surprising Alderman

After neighbors and Ald. John Arena were taken off guard by listed plans for a theater and gym in the former Sears building, the developer said the post was premature.

An early rendering of an idea for the Sears site.
Rendering courtesy CBRE Group, Inc.
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PORTAGE PARK — Developers say detailed plans shared online last week for the former Sears at Six Corners were posted “inadvertently” are not at all final.

Last Wednesday, a real estate listing by CBRE Group, Inc., a Los Angeles-based commercial real estate and investment firm, went live for the huge Six Corners site.

The listing included plans detailing the square footage being set aside for retail and housing as well as multiple renderings of the project from Seritage Growth Properties, one of the developers on the project.

Once the plans were posted online it sparked considerable conversation between neighbors and business owners near Six Corners — as well as surprise from the office of Ald. John Arena (45th).

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“Please note, the plan that was inadvertently posted on CBRE’s website is not the one Seritage and their local development partner, Tucker Development, intends to pursue,” said Jason Chudoba, a spokesperson for Seritage, in an email.

Small print on the final page of the plans shared online last week say they were last revised on April 4, 2016. However while Seritage says the plans are not current, they were still visible on CBRE’s listing for the property at 4730 W. Irving Park Rd. as of Wednesday afternoon.

Outside of two preliminary conversations about the project, Arena said the plans shared last week were the first he was hearing of what the developers were considering for the site.

And after being made aware of the listing and its details  — which includes a movie theater and gym — Arena said they were premature because they did not reflect any community input.

“Seritage continues to work closely with [Ald.] Arena, his constituents and City officials to create a plan that will transform the site into a first-class mixed-use destination that is an asset for the community,” Chudoba said. “We look forward to sharing details of our plan in the near future.” 

Last week, Ald. Arena said his office would be coordinating with the Six Corners Association to host an informational meeting regarding the former Sears as the first step to getting community input on the project.

“We don’t have a date set yet but as soon as we do we’ll let everyone know,” said Owen Brugh, Ald. Arena’s chief of staff.

Back in July the Sears at Six Corners, which originally opened in 1938, sold off the last of its inventory and fixtures. Not long after a crew removed the building’s signage.

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