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New Lakefront Apartment Tower In Lakeview Gets City Council Approval

The 19-story apartment building near Lake Shore Drive and Waveland Avenue will be connected at the base to another six-story apartment building on Waveland.

A rendering shows developers' plans for two apartment buildings along Lake Shore Drive in Lakeview. The buildings will be connected at the base.
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LAKEVIEW — Lake Shore Drive will soon be home to a new 19-story apartment tower after the City Council approved plans for the development on Wednesday.

The 19-story apartment tower is part of a two-building development proposed by CCA Lakeview, which will construct the tower at 3630–3636 N. Lake Shore Drive and a six-story building at 601–607 W. Waveland Ave.

The two structures would be connected at the base around a shared courtyard, according to attorney Jack George, who previously presented plans for the development during the city’s Plan Commission meeting.

When finished, the 19-story building will stand 228.6 feet tall and the six-story building will be 75.6 feet tall, George said.

The project will have 333 apartment units, including 11 affordable housing units, George said. It would also have 145 car parking spaces and 50 bike parking spaces.

The latest iteration of the proposal came after a community review process that began in 2018, engaging the building’s direct neighbors and various community organizations, George said.

The developers decided to go with a restaurant for the ground-level space, George said, after the idea generated lots of support from community members.

“The type of restaurant they’re talking about putting in here is a family neighborhood type of restaurant,” George said. “This was discussed at great length with the neighbors … and there was a great support and people felt it was a good thing coming to the neighborhood.”

Ald. James Cappleman (46th), whose ward encompasses the proposal’s site, said a lot of the area’s residents are 70 years or older, and they wanted a nearby restaurant.

“They wanted something closer by, especially for when grandkids come in — a place they could all eat,” Cappleman said.

Also Wednesday, City Council approved plans to build a four-story, mixed use building at 3244 N. Lincoln Ave. in Lakeview. The building will be a transit-oriented development with no parking spaces and house seven residential units, according to attorney Nick Ftikas, who represented the property’s owner, 3244 Lincoln LLC, during Tuesday’s Zoning Committee meeting.

A separate proposal to build a five-story, mixed-use building at 3160–3162 N. Broadway in Lakeview was also approved. That development would have 17 residential units, six parking spaces and retail space on the ground floor, according to attorney Katriina McGuire.

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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