LAKEVIEW — Target plans to open a store at Belmont, Ashland and Lincoln by October 2015, neighbors have been told.
The Minneapolis-based company bought a former bank building at 3201 N. Ashland Ave. with plans to build the new store.
Company representatives showed renderings of the plan last week to 44th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney Community Directed Development Council, a closed-door meeting of neighbors, developers and business people in the ward.
Preliminary drawings showed a unique facade that West Lakeview Neighbors president Will DeMille described as an effort to "blend modern with a nod to old school." Previously, the building was slated to be a condo building with 130 units.
Target's long construction timetable takes into consideration time for community input, representatives told the group, DeMille said. That's good news for neighbors who said at March's West Lakeview Neighbors meeting that they are worried about quality-of-life issues.
Several community members at the meeting said they feared changes such as lost street parking, more speeding and more traffic at the already congested intersection.
But the company told the Community Directed Development Council that it is willing to talk, DeMille said.
"Target will take that feedback and see what they can do to address concerns," he said.
Company representatives will show the drawings to West Lakeview Neighbor's planning committee this week and again to the wider neighborhood group at a meeting on May 14. They will also be meeting with people who live on West Melrose Street, who also will be affected by the development, said Bennett Lawson, Tunney's chief of staff.
A spokeswoman from Target said she had no more details about the plan.