LAKEVIEW — The closed down Craftsman Plating & Tinning Corporation building in Lakeview could soon become a series of single-family homes after a key city panel vote Tuesday.
The Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards voted unanimously to rezone the property, 1225–35 W. School St., to allow for a series of 12 single-family homes in Craftsman’s place.
The 41,000-square-foot lot was previously approved for a planned development that included converting the building into 28 town houses, said Thomas Moore, an attorney for the family that owns the property. The developer backed out, and the deal fell apart, Moore said.
“The purpose today is to bring the property back to where it historically has been or is consistent with the surrounding properties,” Moore said.
Ald. Tom Tunney (44th), whose ward includes the Craftsman site, expressed support for the project, adding that the new developer interested in the property will build 12 single-family homes “that will actually have less impact than the 28 houses.”
The proposal moves next to the City Council for final approval.
Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across the city for Block Club Chicago.
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