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Developer Wants To Build Apartments, Office Building At Strawdog Theatre Company’s Former Home

The developer aims to build shared office space and 42 apartments at the North Center site.

A rendering shows what a proposed development at 1800-1808 W. Berenice Ave. could look like.
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NORTH CENTER — A developer wants to tear down the old Strawdog Theatre Company building to build a seven-story office and residential building at the site.

Landrosh Development aims to demolish the one-story warehouse at 1800-1808 W. Berenice Ave. to build shared office space and 42 apartments, according to plans submitted to Ald. Matt Martin’s 47th Ward office.

Strawdog Theatre Company, a three-decade-old theater group, announced in November it was relocating after the owners put the Berenice Avenue building on the market for $2 million.

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Proposed development at 1800-1808 W. Berenice Ave.

The developer is pursuing transit-oriented development status for the project due to the property’s proximity to the Irving Park Brown Line. If granted, it would allow the developer to reduce the number of on-site parking spots.

The parking lot between the current building and the ‘L’ tracks is not part of the developer’s proposal, according to the plans.

The first floor would include a parking garage and lobby while the second and third floors would feature office space. The remaining floors would be apartments. 

Martin has not said whether he’ll support the project. His office hosted a community meeting in July about the proposal and is considering feedback from neighbors. 

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