LOGAN SQUARE — The long-awaited mega development on the site of the former Megamall in Logan Square is facing demolition delays, according to the alderman's office.
The project that will replace the former Megamall will stretch for an entire block down Milwaukee Avenue and will eventually include 240 apartments, a grocery store and a fitness center.
The Megamall, 2500 N. Milwaukee Ave., was originally proposed to be demolished in the spring.
In the meantime, about two dozen of Chicago's top street artists have taken over the entire building, covering it in murals that have attracted the attention of both neighborhood residents and visitors.
Work by Max Sansing on the Megamall in Logan Square . [DNAinfo/Paul Biasco]
Now, the demolition of the building likely won't happen until September, according to Paul Sajovec, Ald. Scott Waguespack's chief of staff.
The artists who got the OK to paint the building back in late May were told their works would only be up for a week or two due to demolition, but it looks like they are getting a prolonged exhibition.
Terraco, the developer of the project, hit a few "snags" regarding electrical power service on the site and are in going discussions with the Chicago Department of Transportation to prepare for the demolition, according to Sajovec.
The development, which will be called Logan's Crossing, is expected to start demolition around mid September, Sajovec said.
Aside from apartments, plans for the complex include a 42,000-square-foot grocery store and a 40,000-square-foot fitness center.
In total, there will be more than 113,000 square feet of retail space in the building.
A rendering of the Logan's Crossing development that will replace the Megamall.
The developer anticipated that the first tenants would move in 18 months after the start of construction.
The project, which was first proposed about 1 ½ years ago has undergone a few changes during the community review process and will include two buildings on a 2.7-acre lot connected by a sky bridge.
The project is estimated to cost more than $100 million.
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