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What Should Be Built On Site Of Six Corners Sears? Developers To Meet With Neighbors Wednesday

A proposal that called for a movie theater, a gym and housing surfaced earlier this year, but the alderman said it was "premature."

The former Sears at 4035 N. Cicero Ave. as it appeared in June before the signage was removed from the building.
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PORTAGE PARK — Neighbors will be given a chance to weigh in on a developer’s plans for the former Sears at Six Corners on Wednesday.

Ald. John Arena’s 45th Ward office and the Six Corners Association will host a community planning meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday inside the former Sears at 4035 N. Cicero Ave.

Residents will be able to share their thoughts on what they would like to see developed the former Sears with developers Seritage Growth Properties and Tucker Development Corp.

“If you look at the Six Corners master plan, the former Sears site is actually not part of it,” said Owen Brugh, Ald. Arena’s chief of staff. “So while we knew the Sears was eventually going to close, we still want that community input to talk though what people would want to see at that site in Six Corners.”

Developers at the meeting won’t be presenting any proposals for the site but instead will be there to gather feedback from the community on how the former Sears site can best serve the neighborhood.

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 sign. At the time neighbors said watching the sign get taken down was like having to say goodbye to a friend.

RELATED: Plans For Movie Theater, Gym, Housing In Six Corners Sears Building Premature, Ald. Says

In June, a listing by CBRE Group, Inc., a Los Angeles-based commercial real estate and investment firm, began advertising the property at 4730 W. Irving Park Rd. as having a total of 161,549 square feet set aside for retail, 556 residential units, 870 parking spaces and 266 spots for bicycles.

The listing also said developers wanted to have the former Sears house a movie theater and gym.

Arena said the plans in the listing were premature without community input and the listing has since been taken down.

The development at the former Sears will sit across the street from The Point at Six Corners, a planned mixed-used development that will have senior housing, a new Aldi grocery store and additional small retail. Construction on that project hasn’t started.

Credit: Rendering courtesy CBRE Group, Inc.
An early rendering — “premature,” Ald. John Arena said — of a potential replacement for Sears in Six Corners.
Credit: Rendering courtesy Springbank Real Estate Group
Rendering of what the redevelopment at the former Sears in Ravenswood could look like.

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