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Logan Square’s Hollander Building To Become Lofts, Retail, Day Care After City Council Vote

Developer GW Properties wants to rehab and redevelop the nearly 110-year-old building at 2418 N. Milwaukee Ave., a project years in the making.

Under the revised proposal, the Hollander building at 2418 N. Milwaukee Ave. will be rehabbed and redeveloped to include retail, offices and loft-style apartments.
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LOGAN SQUARE — The nearly 110-year-old Hollander Storage & Moving building on Milwaukee Avenue could finally see new life after city officials backed a zoning change to allow a local developer to overhaul the site.

The City Council signed off Wednesday on a plan for GW Properties to redevelop the property at 2418 N. Milwaukee Ave. The renovation would bring in offices, retail, nine loft-style, live-work apartments, and salon lofts. Guidepost Montessori, a day care, also has signed onto the project, said Mitch Goltz of GW Properties.

The current plans are a scaled-back version of a project that has been in the works since 2018.

GW Properties initially wanted to build boutique offices with a restaurant on the ground floor, along with 20 loft-style apartments. After community meetings, the developer reemerged with a new proposal in 2019 that included a five-story addition next door. That version didn’t include any apartments, instead focusing on boutique offices and retail.

At the time, Brooklyn Boulders was gearing up to open a 40,000-square-foot rock climbing gym and fitness center inside the building. But the company has since pulled out of the agreement, Goltz confirmed.

Now the GW Properties team only is seeking redevelop within the property’s existing blueprint. The one-story structure next to the Hollander building that would have become the five-story addition will instead be converted to retail.

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GW Properties owns the 107-year-old Hollander building and the neighboring site.

Goltz said his team reworked the project because the pandemic massively disrupted the real estate market and drove up construction costs.

“It wasn’t any one tenant or issue. It was more of a culmination of looking at the retail landscape, construction costs and the market,” Goltz said.

Ald. Daniel La Spata (1st), who represents the area that includes the Hollander building, has endorsed the redesign. La Spata likened it to the redevelopment of the Margies Candies building along the Logan Square/Bucktown border and the Congress Theater rehab project. Both structures have historic significance.

“They’re great projects. They’re making use of existing buildings in our community. I love seeing developers find creative ways to do that,” La Spata said.

The Hollander building has a long history in the neighborhood.

Albert Hollander founded the storage and moving company in Chicago in 1888, when horse-drawn wagons were the only mode of transportation. The growing family company built the Logan Square structure in 1912.

Generations of Hollanders have taken the helm of the moving and storage company. But in 2018, the family decided to sell the Logan Square building to GW Properties and focus on its headquarters in Elk Grove Village. At the time, the Logan Square building was only being used to store the company’s archives and records.

The old moving company building has been empty ever since.

GW Properties can move forward with its plan to redevelop the site after clearing the final regulatory hurdle, the full City Council. The project won support from the city’s Zoning Committee Tuesday.

Goltz said they want to start construction this fall with the goal of wrapping by spring 2022.

“We’re excited to finally have a plan that makes sense to us, that we believe we can execute on,” Goltz said. “It’s been a collaboration — a very long process — but we believe the end product will be very well worth the wait.”

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