LOGAN SQUARE — New plans have emerged for an empty lot on Logan Square’s Fullerton Avenue.
SNS Realty Group wants to build a 36-unit apartment project at 2431 W. Fullerton Ave., a site that in recent years has been used as a pumpkin patch and Christmas tree lot.
The 36 apartments would be split evenly between one-bedrooms and two-bedroom units. Seven of the units would be reserved as affordable housing under the city’s Affordable Requirements Ordinance, according to Ald. Daniel La Spata’s 1st Ward office. The rest would be market-rate.
The proposal also includes a 21-spot parking lot and a dedicated bicycle room with room for 39 bicycles.
SNS is the second developer attempting to revive the vacant lot.
Igor Petrushchak with Sustainabuild LLC sought to redevelop the site last year with either a 28- or 36-unit residential building and ground-floor retail. But Petrushchak abandoned the project over a zoning disagreement, said Nick Zettel, chief of staff for La Spata (1st).
Under the city’s zoning code, a 30-foot setback is required when a business or commercially zoned development is built adjacent to a residential district. Petrushchak and La Spata’s office didn’t see eye to eye on where to put the setback, Zettel said.
Residents weighed in on the project last year at a community meeting and through an online form.
Guided by community feedback provided to Petrushchak, SNS is now seeking a zoning change to bring its project to life. The site is currently zoned for a smaller residential and commercial building.
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Because the project doesn’t include any retail or commercial space, SNS can build a shorter complex than what Petrushchak proposed, La Spata’s office said.
SNS has also agreed to incorporate a 30-foot setback between the property and the single-family homes to the south, Zettel said.
SNS didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment Friday.
“It’s been a really positive community experience so far, and so we’re really interested to see what our neighbors think on a second round,” Zettel said.
La Spata said they sent the current proposal to the Greater Goethe Neighborhood Association for review.
La Spata’s office is continuing to collect community feedback through an online form.
Residents can also call or email the 1st Ward directly to provide input: firstname.lastname@example.org or 872-206-2685.
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