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East Pilsen Vacant Lot Could Become Retail Space and Parking Lot Under Developer’s Plan

Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th) is scheduled to host a community meeting virtually at 6 p.m. Thursday.

New Chan's proposal calls for 30,000 to 40,000 square feet of commercial space and 150 parking spaces, according to paperwork filed with the city.
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EAST PILSEN — A developer will unveil plans Thursday to turn a vacant lot in East Pilsen into a commercial building with a parking lot.

New Chan, which will announce its plans at a community meeting, is trying to get a zoning change for the property just south of South Canalport Avenue and South Desplaines Street to make way for the development, according to a zoning application filed in December.

Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th) will host a community meeting virtually at 6 p.m. Thursday. Attendees can register here.

As part of the plan, New Chan would redevelop the vacant site that would include 30,000 to 40,000 square feet of new retail space and 150 parking spaces.

The site is tucked between the Dan Ryan Expressway and the south branch of the Chicago River. It includes 1930-2050 S. Jefferson St., 1927-2051 S. Desplaines St., 2037-2051 S. Ruble St. and 561-571 W. Cullerton Ave. The property is currently designated for a planned development.

The property’s owner opened 88 Marketplace, a Chinese grocery store across from the proposal at 2105 S. Jefferson St. The owner wants to provide parking space for customers, Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez previously told Block Club.

“We, at this point, don’t have any objections, but we will have a public meeting with residents to get additional feedback from nearby residents,” Sigcho-Lopez said last year.

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