Bigger plans at Division-Ashland site

By Scott Rappe 

For all supporters of a significant, dense, mixed-use and pedestrian/transit-oriented development at the former Pizza Hut Site, I want to get word out about a very positive development.

As some of you know, representatives of the East Village Association met with the owners of the former Pizza Hut property, Rob Buono & Paul Utigard, about a month ago. We were shown a proposal for a two story building. We reiterated our interest in seeing something more suited to the site, and they agreed to take another look.

This morning we saw the result: a building that matches the height and scale of the landmark bank to the north, with ground-floor retail, second-floor office space and five floors of residential rental, including a modest number of affordable units.

While the plan still includes a bank drive-thru, it provides no parking for the residential units, meaning no additional automobile traffic will be generated by the additional rental units. This in itself is a huge victory.

We have invited the developers to present the scheme to the East Village Association board at 6:30 pm Monday Sept. 19 at Leona's, 1939 W. Augusta. Please let me know if you would like to join us.

Thanks again for your support.

3 comments:

  1. "meaning no additional automobile traffic will be generated by the additional rental units. This in itself is a huge victory. " - Where will the owners of these 50-70 residential units park their cars? I might be naive, but i assume those cars would still constitute as automobile traffic, no?

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  2. It is a brave new world. Not everyone that lives there will have or even want a car. There will be 15 parking spaces on the premises; however, the developer is seeking to build a project that would eliminate the ordinarily required number of spaces. The reduced parking is justified based upon the building's proximity to CTA bus lines (Ashland, Division and Milwaukee), the Blue line, busy bike lanes (Ashland and Milwaukee) and an existing cab stand. The project is consistent with transit oriented living and may serve as a model for future development.

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  3. "meaning no additional automobile traffic will be generated by the additional rental units. This in itself is a huge victory."

    The most DUMMY words... Actually traffic will increase considerably when the owners/renters will look to find street parking, and will go around the block for several times.
    Probably is just a win win for the city and the developer, city can give more street parking tickets, developer will gain more for sq.ft.

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