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'Twin Towers' Rental Project Proposal Downsized in Logan Square

By Darryl Holliday | March 28, 2015 12:26pm | Updated on March 30, 2015 8:30am

LOGAN SQUARE — A development proposal that would create the largest residential buildings in Logan Square has been downgraded but remains supersized.

The “twin towers” were introduced in last October to a divided crowd. After a round of revisions, the two connected towers have been downsized from 11- and 15-story-tall buildings to 11- and 12-story-tall structures at 2293 N. Milwaukee Ave., according to the Greater Goethe Neighborhood Association.

A community meeting is st for 6:30 p.m. Monday at Haas Park Monday to review the new specifications for the lot — formerly a Max Gerber property.

The revised proposal now features 213 rental units (down from the originally proposed 254 units), 68 parking spaces and 21 affordable housing units. An additional eight “workforce units” will be made available for “people/families earning up to 100 percent" of the area median income, according to the neighborhood association.

A presentation by developer Rob Buono’s development team was made to the neighborhood association's zoning board a week ago. All but one zoning board member offered approval for the project; the one remaining member found the proposal to be “too tall and dense, while out of character and scale with the surrounding neighborhood” despite the drop in height.

If approved, construction is expected to take 20 months. A list of pending concerns, including increased traffic at the Belden and Milwaukee intersection and maintenance of the alley at the property, will be addressed at future meetings.

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