LINCOLN SQUARE — Two new apartment complexes are slated to replace the long-shuttered Boomer’s restaurant on Lincoln Avenue.
On Friday, crews began tearing down the strip mall at 5035 N. Lincoln Ave. that used to house Boomer’s restaurant along with a Pizza Hut and a chiropractor’s office.
Once demolition is complete, crews will begin work on two three-and-a-half- story apartment buildings, according to plans filed with the city.
The development will include 38 parking spaces and a total of 24 units divided evenly between the two new buildings.
Two of the 24 units will be set aside for affordable housing, according to Ald. Andre Vasquez (40th).
“I would have liked to see more affordable housing in that project, but a lot of it was decided before I was elected,” he added.
The zoning change allowing the project was approved in October 2018, when former Ald. Pat O’Connor was still in office.
Boomer’s, which was one part restaurant, one part bar/nightclub, has been shuttered since at least 2010. It anchored a strip mall now partially occupied by medical-related operators.
Vasquez said he’s already met with the building’s new owner and suggested that public art be incorporated into the new construction.
Earlier this month, the alderman announced his plan to create an arts district in the area.
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