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Roots Pizza, One-Bedroom Apartments Coming to Long-Vacant Lakeview Building

 Developer John Livaditis unveiled his plans for the long-vacant property this week.
Proposed Development at 2941 N. Clark St.
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LAKEVIEW — A proposed Clark Street development could house a Roots Pizza and 33 one-bedroom apartments as early as next year.

John Livaditis is finalizing negotiations to buy the long-vacant property at 2941 N. Clark St., he said this week. The developer and investor plans to open the city's third Roots Pizza on the ground floor, before creating three stories of apartments above it.

"We're going vertical," Livaditis said Monday as he presented his plan to the South East Lake View Neighbors group.

Roots Pizza — which started in Ukrainian Village and is currently building a second location in Lincoln Square — will be housed in a 5,000-square-foot space on the first floor.

Livaditis estimates the restaurant could open in February or March 2015.

Limited sidewalk space on Clark means there probably won't be outdoor seating, said Roots co-owner Greg Mohr. But the restaurant does plan to install oversized windows for fresh air in the summer.

Meanwhile, the building's second, third and fourth stories will house roughly 23,000 square feet of apartment space, according to current development plans.

Livaditis said he hopes to create 33 one-bedroom rental units. Each "condo-style" apartment would have an in-unit washer and dryer, and could cost between $1,500 and $1,950 per month for about 725 square feet of space.

Building amenities would include a bike room, bike-wash stations, elevator and self-serve dog-washing tubs.

Current plans call for 16 parking spaces in a short parking garage behind the building. The garage's roof would house a communal green space that has yet to be designed, Livaditis said.

The developer is seeking zoning changes that would allow him to create fewer parking spaces than are currently required since the area has so many pedestrians and cyclists, he said.

Livaditis has not finalized a timeline for the apartments, but said he hopes to begin construction this year.

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