There’s been a modicum of speculation about the old abandoned factory at 1432 West 21st Street over the last year or so. Ever since it went on the market, people have noticed that its location, close to the intersection of Blue Island Avenue, schools, parks, and lots of yummy new development, made it seem like a no-brainer for residential conversion.
And so it shall be, according to new construction permits issued by the city of Chicago.
We’re not sure where “historic” comes from. There’s no mention of this building in the Chicago Tribune archive, and it’s not marked Code Orange on any city map. Perhaps someone is using “historic” because it is located in the Pilsen Historic District.
The magic will be orchestrated by Mayer Jeffers Gillespie Architects in the Sheffield Neighbors neighborhood. They’ve done this sort of thing before. You may remember MJGA from such lofty project as 312 North May, The Heartbreak Lofts on Loomis, and the Hedman Lofts.