Even More TOD Apartments Could Be Coming To Milwaukee Avenue

By Gwendolyn Purdom in News on Jul 27, 2016 5:23PM

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An already-crowded stretch of Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square may be getting another shiny new residential building, if one Chicago developer gets its way. Clayco, a Loop-based contractor and developer, has proposed a 140-unit project at the corner of Armitage and Milwaukee avenues, Crain's reports, a location that would land the new building in the heart of the area's ongoing debate on gentrification.

The eight story building would go up with only 28 parking spots, in accordance with the city's transit-oriented development ordinance—a set-up designed to limit car traffic in areas near public transit stations. According to Crain's, a zoning change application was filed for the project last week and plans have been presented to Ald. Proco Joe Moreno (1st) and the West Bucktown Neighborhood Association.

The apartments would be the latest in a string of residential and mixed-use developments erected or in the works along Milwaukee Avenue (or the "Hipster Highway," as it's been dubbed, *cringe*) in the past few years, including high-end housing like L Logan Square and the planned overhaul of the Congress Theater that will potentially add residential and hotel units. The introduction of The 606 trail, too, has been a fueling force in new projects and rising housing prices. With such rapid change in Humboldt Park, Logan Square and surrounding neighborhoods, development opponents are concerned more construction will further drive up rents, erode the neighborhood character and unleash a torrent of unsightly man buns (and the hipsters attached to them) into the community.

Clayco did not respond to a request for comment.

h/t: Crain's