LOGAN SQUARE — A developer trying to build a large apartment complex on the Project Logan site has re-emerged with an updated proposal that includes slightly more affordable housing and a replacement graffiti wall.
Developer Stanislaw Pluta of Wilmot Properties is now proposing a five-story, 56-unit apartment complex at 2934-40 W. Medill St. with 20 percent of the units set aside as affordable, up from about 14 percent, Ald. Daniel La Spata (1st) said.
Pluta has also agreed to build another graffiti wall so Project Logan’s art can continue, La Spata said.
Neighbors will get the chance to weigh in on the updated proposal at a community meeting. A date has not been set yet. Neighbors can check La Spata’s social media and newsletters for the meeting announcement.
“I feel like we’ve made a lot of progress from where we started out,” La Spata said. “Whether this feels like sufficient progress, whether this feels like a development that the community supports is something that we’ll learn as we take in more feedback.”
The developer made changes to the proposal after residents and La Spata raised concerns about the project’s lack of affordable units and the loss of Project Logan, a graffiti artist-led permission wall that has become a Logan Square staple over the past decade. The initial plan’s apartment complex would’ve wiped out the graffiti wall.
After community pushback, the developer changed course and agreed to build a replacement wall, but Project Logan’s founders were disappointed in the plan because it called for a much smaller wall and required artists to submit designs for approval. Project Logan spans the length of the one-story buildings along Fullerton Avenue at Sacramento Avenue.
It’s unclear if the current proposal includes a larger graffiti wall. The developer didn’t return a message seeking comment Tuesday.
When the developer pitched neighbors on the project earlier this year, the proposal included a 56-space parking lot, ground-floor commercial space and market-rate rents of $2,000 per month. In addition to concerns about Project Logan and affordability, residents were apprehensive about the project’s modern design.
Wilmot Construction bought the one-story buildings on Medill Street for $1.2 million last February, according to Cook County property records.
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