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Differing plans for Walgreens & Hancock Fabrics site on Broadway

Hancock Fabrics on Broadway. Credit: Lyle Bright

No one will argue that the retail site of Walgreens and Hancock Fabrics at Broadway and Glenlake is outdated, actually that is probably an understatement. A developer has submitted a proposal to redevelop the site, however it differs greatly with ideas submitted byEESP ( Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project); a committee of ECC ( Edgewater Community Council).

Most notably, the biggest difference is the “urban” versus “suburban” feel of the plans. One limits parking spaces but provides adequade parking near the rear of the site, is more pedestrian friendly, and minimizes curb-cuts. The other major differenciator is new consturction vs. trying to preserve buildings such as the Hancock Fabrics building, which was originally built as a Studebaker auto showroom in 1923. Take a look at each plan (click them to enlarge) and let us know what you think in the comments.

 


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