LOGAN SQUARE — A residential development is coming to a long-vacant lot on the Logan Square/Bucktown border.
Construction is underway on a five-story, 20-unit residential complex at 2000 N. Western Ave., a site most recently home to an abandoned MB Financial Bank.
Glencoe-based investor Sarra Dukach is behind the project, which will have ground-floor retail and an 11-car parking garage, according to planning documents submitted to Ald. Daniel La Spata’s 1st Ward office.
It’s unclear if the units will be apartments or condos. Attempts to reach Dukach were unsuccessful.
Dukach’s project is the latest addition to the area near Armitage and Western avenues, which has seen a flurry of development activity in recent years.
New to the area is luxury apartment complex AM 1980 at 1980 N. Milwaukee Ave., the John Pennycuff Memorial Apartments at 2033 N. Milwaukee Ave. and businesses like The Wormhole coffee shop and Marz Brewing.
A group of people experiencing homelessness was living on the neglected bank property in 2019. The city faced criticism from local leaders, including La Spata, for conducting a sweep of the area and tossing out residents’ belongings.
Dukach is building as-of-right, meaning the development didn’t require a zoning change, said Nick Zettel, La Spata’s policy director. The project has been in the works for years, Zettel said.
City records show the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals in 2020 rejected the developer’s proposal for zoning variances due to lack of hardship.
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