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Proposed Andersonville Clock Tower Complex To Help Anchor Clark Street’s Northend

Big changes will likely be coming to the Andersonville strip’s northern end soon. A proposed apartment complex with a large-scale clock tower could be erected in the long-vacant 7-eleven property and help anchor the proposed gathering space set to occupy Catalpa between Clark and Ashland.

The building will take over the southeast corner of Catalpa and Clark at 5457 N Clark. It was first introduced as a 54-unit, five-story apartment building with a recessed top floor and clock tower which would stand over the high profile corner. The fifth floor was later eliminated and number of units decreased to 44 upon concerns from East Andersonville Resident’s Council (EARC).

The building will be considered a transit-oriented project which means they can reduce the number of parking spots to half the number of units. The developer, Candea Development, currently has 13 parking spaces built into the plan so a variance is necessary. The complex will offer both one-bedroom and studio options along with at least two retail spaces. 10% of the units will be affordable housing.

1743 W. Rosehill

Candea is no stranger to Andersonville as they have already constructed several buildings in the community including one at 5435 N. Clark which is located on the same block as the proposed clock tower complex. Their new development however, will take cues from one of their other area projects which stands at 1743 W. Rosehill. It will likely mimic the gray tones and ornate facade of that building.

The proposed clock tower is expected to be a gateway to the strip’s northern end and act as an anchor to the upcoming community gathering space which will be located across the street on Catalpa. That space was first proposed over a decade ago but has recently gained much momentum. It will offer the community a dedicated area where people could not only sit and children play, but also a place that can accommodate area events, performances and possibly the Andersonville Farmer’s Market.

The project has received much praise from both the 48th Ward Office and the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce who both seem to be in favor of the development. With the elimination of the fifth floor, EARC will also likely be on board. Alderman Harry Osterman is expected to hold a community meeting on the development sometime in early August to gauge community support.

With financing secure and the likely support of the Alderman, groundbreaking could possibly happen this year. However, Candea will have to first navigate the Chicago zoning and permit process as several variances are needed to begin the project.

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