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76-Unit Development Taking Shape At Wrightwood And Hermitage

By Mina Bloom | August 3, 2016 6:11am
 A construction worker sitting near what's left of the old Tag Outlet building, which is being replaced with a 76-unit development.
A construction worker sitting near what's left of the old Tag Outlet building, which is being replaced with a 76-unit development.
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LINCOLN PARK — Plans to build a large residential development in West Lincoln Park are moving forward.

Formerly occupied by wholesale furniture retailer Tag Outlet, the industrial building at 1730 W. Wrightwood Ave. is coming down to make way for the development, which will offer 76 residential units — down from the 105 units originally proposed, according to Paul Sajovec, chief of staff for Ald. Scott Waguespack (2nd), whose ward includes the project.

A rendering of the project presented to neighbors in December. Sajovec said the exterior has not changed. [Provided]

Of the 76 units, 30 are slated to become condos and 46 are slated to become apartments, but that could change, Sajovec said. There will be 76 parking spaces under the building and some additional parking on Hermitage Avenue for visitors and deliveries, Sajovec said.

The project was scaled down after community and aldermanic feedback, he said.

Rental and condo prices are unknown. The developer behind the project, Broder Lincoln Park LLC, did not respond to a request for comment, and the alderman's office could not provide the prices.

Only one portion of the industrial building was left standing Tuesday, giving the site an apocalyptic feel. The construction fence surrounding the work site is painted in a colorful pattern to signal a new mural that's on its way.

The developer enlisted startup limeSHIFT to create the mural, which will "take its inspiration from all of the people that live and work in this thriving community," according to the project's website.

To do that, Detroit-based artists Ellen Rutt and Patrick Ethen put out a call for design ideas from residents, including pictures of patterns, artwork and favorite parts of the neighborhood.

Residents can participate by posting pictures on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #lppmus or by emailing the artists at making@lppm.us.

The developer is aiming to finish the community-based mural by September.

For more information, visit the project's website.

The construction fence doubles as a call for submissions for a new mural. [DNAinfo/Mina Bloom]

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