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New Loyola Building On Broadway Will House Modern Flex-Lab Space

A new Loyola building that will house a shared lab space for students will be constructed soon at 6335 N.. Broadway in Edgewater.

The previous building on the property was owned by Excel Specialty Corp., a small  factory that made industrial controls and equipment for everything from appliances to lighting systems. The building was designed by Percival Johnstone and built in 1922 as a upscale auto showroom for Studabacker during Edgewater’s ‘motor row’ era.

According to Jennifer Clark who is Associate Vice President of Campus and Community Planning at Loyola University, the building fell into disrepair and was eventually condemned by the city of Chicago. Loyola University bought the building in 2011 and used it as a temporary storage space until it was demolished this past summer.

The new single-story building, which was designed by SmithGroup JJR and will be built by Skender development, is going through the final permit process in order to be developed. The modern, glass-facade  structure will house a flex-lab space for there environmental engineering student and will be shared by students in multiple studies including biology, chemistry and engineering.

Clark believes one of the benefits of the space will be a greater presence of students along that stretch of Broadway.

“It is important to bring more foot traffic to the north end of Broadway and the south end of Devon,” said Clark. “Currently there is not a lot of retail or residential there. It’s really important to have vitality along North Broadway, Sheridan and Devon.”

Loyola University is hoping to break ground soon.


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