NORTH CENTER — A developer received City Council approval Wednesday to tear down the old Strawdog Theatre Company building to build a seven-story office and residential building at the site.
Landrosh Development will demolish the one-story warehouse at 1800-1808 W. Berenice Ave. to build shared office space and apartments, according to plans submitted to Ald. Matt Martin’s 47th Ward office.
Martin said Tuesday the developer had agreed to restrictive covenants to provide more affordable housing units than the city requires.
Eight affordable units, instead of four, will be included in the six-story, mixed-use project with 39 residential units.
The developer is pursuing transit-oriented development status for the project due to the property’s proximity to the CTA 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.
Council members also approved a residential redevelopment at an old screw factory at 4046 N. Hermitage Ave. In that project, as well, the developer agreed to increase the number of affordable units from two to four, and include three accessible units.
Warren Silver, zoning attorney of the Hermitage project said the developer would work with Access Living to market the accessible units.
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