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Concerns Grow After 3 More Andersonville Properties Are Slated For Development

1438 Catalpa

After residents protested the demolition and development of 1436 Berwyn, they succeeded in saving the home from the wrecking ball. However, many area residents remain concerned after a 2-flat located just off of Clark Street at 1470 W. Balmoral was recently demolished and now two additional Andersonville properties seem to be headed towards new developments as well.

One of the properties at 1438 Catalpa is slated to be demolished to make way for a new multi-unit, 3-story condominium building with basement, porch and a detached 3-car garage with a roof deck.

The other property is a green space lot atĀ 1430 W Summerdale and is currently under contract. The lot will most likely be developed with another multi-unit condominium building. Residents in the area argue that the open green space in the community needs to be protected as well.

The neighborhood where all this is happening is East Andersonville, a narrow sliver of land bordered by Foster, Bryn Mawr, Clark and Glenwood. The properties within this area are under fire because they are still zoned RT-4 which makes their homes vulnerable to developers and possible demolition. The other neighborhoods surrounding East Andersonville are zoned RS-3, making it almost impossible to build large multi-unit buildings.

Developers are working quickly to obtain properties in East Andersonville to take advantage of the hot market there and the RT-4 zone status. In fact, the real estate listing for the 1430 W Summerdale listing emphasizes the zoning by saying, “Lot for development in the heart of Andersonville. RT-4 zoning with ability to develop three units with a duplex down.”

On May 10 a meeting was held by the East Andersonville Residents Council (EARC) and Alderman Harry OstmanĀ to discuss the rezoning of East Andersonville to RS-3 and other efforts to preserve the character of area. However, East Andersonville residents are still waiting on the progress of the zoning change.

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