19 story apartment building on Lake Shore Drive in Lakeview approved by Key City Panel

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LAKEVIEW – A proposal for two Lakeview apartment buildings – one 19-story and one six-story – connected to the base on Thursday cleared a key city panel.

The Planning Commission voted to approve developer CCA Lakeview’s plans for the construction of the two buildings, located at 3630-3636 N. Lake Shore Drive and 601-627 W. Waveland Ave., at its meeting on Tuesday.

When complete, the 19-story building would measure 228.6 feet and the six-story building would measure 75.6 feet, said Jack George, an attorney representing the developers. The two structures would be linked to the base around a common courtyard.

The project would include 333 apartments, including 11 affordable units, said George. It would also have 145 parking spaces and 50 bicycle parking spaces.

The latest iteration of the proposal came after an extensive community review process that began in 2018, involving the building’s direct neighbors and various community organizations, George said.

Ald. Tom Tunney (43rd), who heads the Planning Commission, ultimately backed the project but questioned its use of commercial space on the ground floor for a restaurant.

“This is an unusual use of the interior of Lake Shore Drive,” Tunney said.

George said the developers decided to go with a restaurant for the downstairs space after the idea garnered a lot of support from community members.

“The type of restaurant they’re talking about here is a family-friendly neighborhood restaurant,” said George. “It was discussed at length with the neighbors… and there was great support and people felt it was a good thing to come to the neighborhood. “

Ald. James Cappleman (46th), whose neighborhood encompasses the proposal site, said many area residents were 70 or older and wanted a restaurant nearby.

“They wanted something closer, especially when the grandchildren come in – a place where they could all eat,” Cappleman said.

The proposal will now go to city council on Wednesday for final approval.

Jake Wittich is a Report for America body member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across town for Block Club Chicago.

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