Construction Update
Controversial Logan Square Building Gets Construction Permit

A new apartment building is coming to Logan Square, filling a long-standing gap in the Milwaukee Avenue streetwall.

Rendering of 1970 North Milwaukee

Rendering of 1970 North Milwaukee

1980 North Milwaukee was granted foundation permits earlier this year, and just recently received approval to go the full monty.

When complete, it will have 132 residences across seven floors.  The total building height will be 96 feet, which may help deaden the sound of the adjacent passing CTA Blue Line L trains for people living east of the project.  People to the west will get a lesson in how sound waves bounce off buildings.

A modest proposal in many other Chicago neighborhoods, this project was greeted with opposition by some locals who fear it will bring too much density to their corner of the city.  The building will replace an empty lot that has been vacant longer than most high school students have been alive.

We last reported on this project when it was headed to the Chicago Plan Commission late last year:

…This is the location of the Weyland Building, built in 1907 and designed by John Ahlschlager.  He’s the same hand that crafted the Schulze Baking Company building in Washington Park.

Unlike the Schulze building, the Weyland Building is not landmarked, so Clayco originally planned to knock the whole thing down and start over.  Its later decision to preserve the facade was hailed by one online business publicationas a triumph of neighborhood groups and developers working together.


Location: 1980 North Milwaukee Avenue, Logan Square

Author: Editor

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