UPTOWN — Prolific North Side development firm Cedar Street has broken ground on two major projects in Uptown and Edgewater, including on the long-promised new home of the Double Door.
In Uptown, crews have begun tearing up the parking lot at Wilson and Kenmore avenues. The Wilson Avenue Theater’s parking lot will be replaced by an apartment building while the 112-year-old venue will be renovated to host shows once again.
Though the development was approved by City Council earlier this year as a 62-unit complex, Cedar Street’s website now says the project will include 86 units. The original plans called for an eight-story building with 110 apartments to be built next to the theater.
Cedar Street has also received building permits to start work in the historical theater, 1050 W. Wilson Ave. The developer has been cleared to remove an elevator shaft and a concrete wall and make other improvements.
After being evicted from its longtime Wicker Park location in 2017, it was rumored Double Door would relocate to Uptown. The move was confirmed by Ald. James Cappleman (46th) in 2018 and again by the club’s owner in 2019.
Plans for the theater and adjacent apartment building were approved earlier this year. Though the plans don’t mention the Double Door by name as the theater’s eventual occupant, Cappleman said during the approval process “we all know” who it is.
The combined apartment building and theater redevelopment are expected to be completed next year, according to Cedar Street’s website. The company did not respond to a request for comment.
With Cedar Street breaking ground, apartment buildings are being constructed on both sides of the Wilson Theater. At Broadway and Wilson, crews are building a nine-story apartment complex that will have 200 units and 12,000 square feet of retail space.
Meanwhile in Edgewater, Cedar Street has begun work on its development at 5440 N. Sheridan Road.
The project will turn a brown site into a 78-unit complex with 27 parking spaces and a rooftop deck for tenants. The courtyard-style building will also have two-story townhomes fronting Sheridan Road.
The front of the building will be four stories high and will include six duplex units with individual walk-up entrances, Cedar Street officials said at a city meeting in October.
With work underway, Edgewater neighbors will soon see a completed building on a prime stretch of Sheridan Road that has been eyed by developers for more than a decade.
In 2017, Greystar Realty won the support of neighbors to turn the property into luxury high-rise apartments for older people. But the project fell through because of a lack of financing, Greystar Managing Director Gary Wallace previously said.
Ten years before that, development firm Bluewater Group worked to turn the lot into a 187-unit condo building with 329 parking spaces. That project was scrapped when the real estate market crashed.
Cedar Street announced plans for the Edgewater Beach site last year, originally pitching a seven-story building with 99 apartments.
The courtyard design will help the project fit in with other mid-density apartment buildings in the neighborhood, while the townhomes along Sheridan will give the building a more human scale and provide family-sized housing, the development team has said. Cedar Street is known for producing micro-units.
The Sheridan Road building will be completed this year, according to Cedar Street’s website.
Elsewhere in the area, Cedar Street is working to turn the historical Bridgeview Bank Building into apartments and is planning to construct a two-building, 180-unit development at Broadway and Winona Street. The firm has also been constructing an 84-unit building at 4750 N. Winthrop.
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