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Old Buba Bar On Western In Lincoln Square Would Be Torn Down For 4-Story Development Under Plan Approved By Alderman

Ald. Andre Vasquez is supporting the project at 5100 N. Western Ave. after developers added more parking spots to address neighbor concerns.

Rendering of what the proposed development at 5100 N. Western Ave. would look like.

LINCOLN SQUARE — The site of the shuttered Buba Bar and Restaurant, a corner tavern at Western and Carmen avenues in Lincoln Square, could get a new, 4-story development.

Developers recently submitted a plan to tear down the former bar at 5100 N. Western Ave. that closed in 2016 for a building that would house 24 residential units with ground-floor retail.

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What the property at 5100 N. Western Ave. currently looks like.

During an August meeting, Ald. Andre Vasquez (40th) listened to neighbor concerns about the project, including a worry that initial plans didn’t include enough parking.

The original proposal had 13 spaces for 24 units. After the community meeting, however, the developer reworked the ground floor plans to create 24 spaces, which is above the minimum needed for city approval since the property is in a Transit Oriented Development zone.

To move forward with the project, the city will need to grant a zoning change. After reviewing the latest plans, Vasquez has lent his support to it after saying the parking issue was addressed to his satisfaction.

On Friday, he announced he’d submitted a letter of support for the project.

A representative from Hanna architects could not comment on the project when reached on Wednesday.

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Rendering of what the proposed development at 5100 N. Western Ave. would look like.

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