LOGAN SQUARE — Neighbors can give feedback on a small condo project proposed for a lot on Sawyer Avenue in Logan Square.
David Payne is seeking a zoning change to build a nine-unit, three-and-a-half-story condo building with nine parking spaces on a vacant lot behind the Social Security Administration building, 2414-16 N. Sawyer Ave. Payne will take questions from residents at a virtual community meeting 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30 hosted by Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa’s (35th) office.
To RSVP, visit the alderman’s website or call 773-985-3510.
Payne has signed onto a Community Benefit Agreement, according to a community zoning notice and Rosa’s office. Under the agreement, Payne has agreed to donate $25,000 to the NeighborSpace garden at Sawyer Avenue and Palmer Street and $25,000 to the Here To Stay Land Trust, which was developed by local community organizations to combat gentrification-fueled displacement of longtime residents.
Payne may also provide a rental subsidy to residents of First Circle Communities’ affordable housing building at 2611 N. Sawyer Ave., according to a letter of support issued by community leaders.
Payne also agreed to make one of the condos affordable, Ramirez-Rosa’s office said. The unit would be placed in the Chicago Community Land Trust and sold to a qualified home buyer who earns within 120 percent of the area median income.
The vacant lot is currently zoned for single family homes. Payne is seeking a zoning designation to allow for nine units of housing.
Payne originally wanted to build a 14-unit condo building, but reduced the building’s size after meeting with community leaders. Attempts to reach Payne Friday were unsuccessful.
The newest version of the project has the support of leaders of the neighborhood groups Logan Square Preservation, Logan Square Neighborhood Association and Somos Logan Square.
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