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Former Edgewater Substance Abuse Center Demolished To Make Way For Housing, Retail

The treatment center closed in 2014. Its Ridge Avenue building is being demolished to make way for nine residences and ground-floor retail.

A former substance abuse treatment center was leveled to make way for a new development in Edgewater.
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EDGEWATER — A former addiction treatment center in Edgewater has been leveled to pave the way for a retail and residential development.

The building that housed Recovery Center at 5691 N. Ridge Ave. has been demolished, with work set to start on a nine-unit residential building with ground-floor retail.

Recovery Point closed on the last day of 2014 amid a larger reshuffling of clinic facilities by parent organization Community Counseling Centers of Chicago, DNAinfo reported.

In 2017, developer Frances Kao of PH2 Square pitched plans to replace the medical center with a building that would bring housing to the site. Those plans earned the support of neighbors and Ald. Harry Osterman (48th), who helped approve a rezoning to allow for the project.

Construction on the site is set to begin more than five years after the project was announced.

Credit: DNAinfo/Linze Rice
The former substance abuse treatment center at 5691 N. Ridge Ave.

Plans call for a four-story building with nine units accessible by elevator and nine parking spaces, according to a building permit. Retail will make up the building’s first floor.

The units were pitched as for-sale condos in previous meetings with neighbors. Kao’s firm, PH2 Square, focuses on building housing that is fully accessible.

“There’s not a lot of commerce going on here,” Kao said in a 2017 meeting with neighbors. “What we wanted to do was bring something new here, replace something that’s nearly dilapidated with a brand new building and hopefully make this more pedestrian-friendly.”

Kao could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Demolition work on the site is wrapping up, with foundation work to begin within the month, Osterman said in a mid-September update to neighbors. A crane will be brought to the site. More information on pending construction will be available soon, the alderman said.

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