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Condo Building Planned For Irving Park Road In North Center Rejected By Alderman

Ald. Matt Martin agreed with neighbors who argued the building does not fit the neighborhood.

Rendering of developer James Jaeger’s proposed plan for 2035 W. Irving Park Road.
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NORTH CENTER — A plan to knock down a small strip mall at Irving Park Road and Seeley Avenue and replace it with a four-story condo building got a thumbs down from Ald. Matt Martin (47th).

Martin said he’ll oppose the project at 2035 W. Irving Park Road after neighbors complained it doesn’t fit the look of the block. He did note that the developer already submitted a revised proposal that’s now being reviewed.

The property currently has parking lot with 17 parking spaces and a single-story strip mall housing an orthodontist. 

Developer James Jaeger last year proposed a building houses 12 condos 3,000 square feet of ground floor retail. 

The project needed a zoning change, which Martin won’t support after getting feedback from neighbors.

“The alderman is sensitive to neighbors’s concerns that the design does not fit in with the rest of the buildings on Irving Park,” Martin’s office said. “Particularly in comparison to recent nearby construction that brought needed density to the neighborhood while still complementing the existing building stock.”

The 1,500-square-foot proposed condos were to be three-bedrooms and two baths, and sell for about $550,000. One unit was to be set aside as affordable under city rules.

The price of the commercial space in the rejected proposal was expected to be $25 per square foot and could potentially be used for dental and medical offices. 

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