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Logan Square's 'Glowing L' Apartment Complex Gets Construction Greenlight

By Darryl Holliday | April 10, 2015 7:32am

LOGAN SQUARE — A permit has been issued for construction of 120 new units at 2211 N. Milwaukee Ave., also known as the “L” site at the corner of Milwaukee and Talman avenues.

Commuters and Logan Square residents may recall the lot by the mysterious glowing “L” — an art installation-turned-development-strategy that caught the attention of many a passerby back in January:

In June 2014, Noah Gottlieb, the project's senior manager and maker of the “L” structure presented plans for the building to the community and the Greater Goethe Neighborhood Association. The building, like its accompanying installation is also called “L,” or the “L Project,” according to Gottlieb.

The proposal had not been approved by GGNA's zoning committee by March of this year, according to GGNA president Sally Hamann, and further meetings were not held. But records show the development was referred to the city in April 2014 and passed by City Council, with the blessing of Ald. Joe Moreno, in October 2014.

A revised 2014 plan reduced the residential development by 15 for a total of 120 units. The revised plan also doubled the size of an "open space area," reduced the height of the building to six floors, and upgraded the green standard from “minimum required” to “LEED certification.”

The revised plan also cut parking spaces by about half, to 67 spots and doubled the number of bicycle parking spots to 198.

The plan was "meant to illustrate where we were in terms of scale and height and where we are now," Gottlieb told about 20 residents at Haas Park, adding that rents would likely go for $1,500 to more than $3,200 per month.

The lot sold for $3.4 million in December 2013 and is expected to open with 120 units in spring 2016 at an estimated construction cost of $10 million.

It will sit less than a full block south of the “Twin Towers” development, if those two buildings are approved by the city’s zoning committee and City Council later this year.

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