New Condos Proposed Near Blaine Elementary

By Erica Demarest on August 1, 2014 5:33am 

 Developers hope to build three- and four-bedroom condos at 3849 N. Southport Ave.
Developers hope to build three- and four-bedroom condos at 3849 N. Southport Ave.
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Frank Levato

LAKEVIEW — Local developers are working to build four new condos near Blaine Elementary in West Lakeview.

The proposed project at 3849 N. Southport Ave. calls for a four-story building with four condo units and four parking spaces, according to architect Frank Levato.

The first unit would be a four-bedroom, three bath space that spans the first and basement levels. Above that, prospective buyers would find three three-bedroom, two-bath units.

Each unit will have a back balcony, Levato said. And the top-floor condo will include a private roof deck that can be accessed through an internal staircase.

Developer Mike Barrett of Barrett Homes said current zoning for the lot requires ground-level commercial space. He's seeking zoning changes so that he can build straight residential.

"That area of Southport specifically won't necessarily support another office space," he said when he presented plans at a Southport Neighbors meeting this month. "We just think residential is a better way to go."

The 3800 block of North Southport Avenue is currently home to Lulu Belle's Pancake House and Toon's Bar & Grill. It faces the side of Blaine Elementary School, and is mostly residential.

Levato said his plans are "pretty consistent" with other buildings on the block. The exterior at 3849 N. Southport Ave. will be brick with limestone on the front facade.

Barrett said he wasn't ready to share price-points.

The proposed building will have four parking spaces, Levato said. Two will be behind the condos, with access directly from the alley. Two will be underneath the building.

Levato said there's a 40-foot ramp that will take cars to a heated underground garage. The heat should help prevent icing and freezing issue on the ramp in the winter.

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