AVONDALE — A local developer wants to build apartments on a vacant lot on Belmont Avenue.
Wilmot Construction is proposing a five-story, 24-unit apartment building at 2837-43 W. Belmont Ave. The project would include ground-floor retail and 24 parking spaces, planning documents show.
The building will include mostly two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments renting for $2,000 per month, according to the Avondale Neighborhood Association. Five apartments will be reserved as affordable housing under the city’s Affordable Requirements Ordinance.
A virtual community meeting planned for Oct. 18 has been canceled. The meeting will be rescheduled to a later date, according to Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez’s 33rd Ward office.
Wilmot Construction owns the Belmont Avenue lot, and needs a zoning change and the alderwoman’s backing to bring the project to life. The site’s current zoning allows for a shopping center and retail storefront.
Wilmot Construction officials didn’t respond to a request for comment Monday.
Wilmot Construction is a local real estate company that has led the development and management of around 300 luxury apartments in Chicago, according to its website.
The company has built several developments in Bucktown, Wicker Park and Logan Square, including a 27-unit apartment complex at 3201 W. Wabansia Ave. and a 62-unit project at 1957 N. Fairfield Ave.
Its plan to build a large apartment complex at 2934 W. Medill St. in Logan Square — a site home to beloved four-sided graffiti wall Project Logan — was approved by Ald. Daniel La Spata (1st) earlier this year despite pushback from neighbors.
Developers have descended on Avondale in recent years, dotting the neighborhood with small apartment, condo and retail projects. Some neighbors are concerned the developments will accelerate gentrification in Avondale and lead to the displacement of more longtime Latino and Polish families.
To submit a question or comment at the Belmont Avenue project community meeting, fill out this online form.
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