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New Image Released Of High Rise That Could Replace Woodruff Arcade

New renderings have been released for the proposed high rise that could replace the Woodruff Arcade building at 6361 N. Broadway.

The new images are the third incarnation of the complex (which is now called ‘The Arcade’) from the developer, Borekci Real Estate and Algonquin Ventures Real Estate LLC (who have an office in Schaumburg but are based in Ankara, Turkey). The building will help anchor the busy intersection where Broadway, Sheridan and Devon meet.

The new design shows a more streamlined facade that has been increased to seven stories. The first level will offer 9,000 sq ft of retail space and 58 rental units above. According to Edgemark, the commercial real estate brokerage for the property, the project could be completed by fall of next year.

However, the Edgewater Historical Society with support of many residents are teamed up to try to save the building before it is demolished. Built in 1923, the Woodruff Arcade is one of the last of its kind in the nation. Its interior space has a two-story courtyard with a grand glass skylight that runs the length of the structure and a walkway on the second floor with a walkable balcony that gives views to the floor below. The design is considered the predecessor to the modern mall.

The Edgewater Historical Society sees great importance in saving Woodruff from demolition. On there website they have launched a page to save the Woodruff Shopping Arcade. They have also launched an online petition to save the arcade which has received 700 signatures.

According to the Society’s webpage, the 48th Ward alderman can save this building if there is sufficient community support.

Hat tip: Curbed Chicago

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