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Ridge Ave Condo Development Gets Alderman’s OK, Construction Could Begin This Summer


Photo: Alderman’s Office Email

With the old Ridge Ave. Firehouse being converted into a state-of-the-art space by the Chicago Filmmakers, developers are hoping that a new condo development across the street from it will continue to revitalize the area.

The proposed development at 5691 N. Ridge would allow for 9 residential condo units, 9 parking spaces, a community garden, and 3,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor. The units would also feature a “universal design” that would allow people with disabilities full access. The condos, which will be between 1,300 – 1,600 sq ft, will list somewhere in the $400,000 range.

The current building on the property, the old C4 recovery center that closed at the end of 2014, would be demolished to make way for the structure.

At a meeting that was held last week by the developers Frances Kao of PH2 Square and area resident P.J. Huff, they sought to change the zoning from RT3.5 to B1-2 to allow for the four-story mixed use development.

With a majority of those attending in support of the project, Alderman Harry Osterman gave his approval last Friday in a statement saying, “Based on support from residents who attended the meeting and from local community groups, I will be supporting the zoning change.”

If approved, the developers are hoping to start the project in late summer, 2017.



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