UPTOWN — A day care center in Uptown has been demolished to make way for a 30-unit apartment building that is being built with coronavirus lifestyle adjustments in mind, according to the developer.
Mavrek Development bought the ABC & Me Daycare Center property at 4714 N. Sheridan Road and is working to replace the building with a four-story apartment complex, said Marvek principal Adam Friedberg.
The developer paid $1.98 million for the property in March, Cook County records show.
It is unclear if ABC & Me, which owned the building, will relocate its business. The owner of ABC & Me did not respond to requests for comment.
The apartment building will seek to offer a different kind of new-construction rental unit in Uptown, Friedberg said.
The building’s apartments will average about 750 square feet, which is bigger than the “micro-units” other Uptown developers have built in recent years, he said.
Each unit will have a balcony and a dedicated space for working from home, Friedberg said. Several features will be made touch-free wherever possible.
There will be a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom units. Prices are still being determined, Friedberg said. The building will have 19 parking spaces.
“We’re trying to provide a different product than what’s available in the neighborhood,” Friedberg said. “We really like Uptown. The neighborhood is an exciting place right now.”
The building is being developed under the current zoning for the property, but Mavrek is seeking city approval to allow for two first-floor apartments, Friedberg said. The city’s Zoning Board of Appeals will review that proposal Sept. 18.
If everything goes smoothly, construction will start soon after the vote and is expected to wrap up in July, Friedberg said. The day care center has already been demolished.
The property at 4714 N. Sheridan Road once was a recycling center. ABC & Me bought the recycling center lot in 2014 and built a single-story day care center. Previously, ABC & Me was located in the storefronts within the Aragon Ballroom.
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