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Rogers Park Lot, Once Home To Synagogue, Could Become 78-Unit Apartment Building

The lot was the longtime site of Congregation Beth Sholom of Rogers Park, which was damaged in a fire and demolished in 2007.

A 78 unit apartment complex is being proposed for a vacant lot at 1233 W. Pratt Blvd.
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ROGERS PARK — A seven-story apartment building could replace a long-vacant lot on Pratt Boulevard.

Developer Creative Designs wants a rezoning to allow for the 78-unit complex at 1233 W. Pratt Blvd., said Ald. Maria Hadden (49th).

The project would include 18 studios, 46 one-bedroom, 12 two-bedroom and two three-bedroom units, Hadden wrote in an email to constituents.

Nine apartments will be earmarked as affordable, which is one more than the required number of affordable units the city mandates for developer requests to boost density, Hadden said.

The affordable units — offered to residents earning no more than 60 percent of the area’s median income, or about $37,500 for a one-person household — will be proportional to the overall breakdown of unit size.

The developer’s plans also include a 44-car parking garage with 20 bicycle spots, a second-floor amenity terrace and a green rooftop, Hadden said. The first floor will be used as a lobby, with the parking garage accessible from the alley.

A community meeting to discuss the proposal is scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 10.

Credit: Glenwood Sunday Market/Facebook
The lot at 1233 W. Pratt Blvd. was used as the temporary home for the Glenwood Sunday Market this summer.

If approved, the project will end persistent speculation as to what’s coming to one of the most prominent vacant lots in Rogers Park.

The site was the longtime home of Congregation Beth Sholom of Rogers Park, which was damaged in an arson fire in 2003.

The building remained standing until 2007 but was demolished after the city threatened to take control of the fire-damaged parcel through eminent domain, Crain’s Chicago Business reported that year. Congregation members listed the property for sale.

The lot was bought in 2018 by the owner of Creative Designs, Ibrahim Shihadeh, Cook County property records show.

The owner built a parking lot on the Pratt Boulevard property. It was torn up after nearby neighbors complained of flooding — and city officials learned the lot was built without receiving the proper permits, Hadden’s office said in a previous announcement to constituents.

This summer, the gravel lot was used as the temporary location for the Glenwood Sunday Market.

Now, Creative Designs is seeking a rezoning of the lot to allow for the apartments . The property is currently zoned for low-residential, but much of the block is zoned for denser uses.

That block of Pratt has some of the tallest buildings in the neighborhood, including the 13-story complex at 1246 W. Pratt Blvd., Hadden said. On the intersection of Pratt Boulevard and Sheridan Road, buildings rise five stories.

For more information on the project and the community meeting, click here.

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