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Logan Square's Latest Glitzy Apartment Complex Gets Green Light From City

By  Mina Bloom and Heather Cherone | December 15, 2016 4:22pm 

 The latest rendering of the project at 1980 N. Milwaukee Ave.
The latest rendering of the project at 1980 N. Milwaukee Ave.
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LOGAN SQUARE — A 96-foot-tall, 132-unit apartment building at the southwest corner of Milwaukee and Armitage avenues is officially coming to Logan Square after it was approved by the city's plan commission Thursday. 

The project at 1980 N. Milwaukee Ave., which has faced protest from neighbors, calls for rents starting at $1,400 for 485-square-foot studios, around $2,000 for 700-square-foot one-bedrooms; and around $3,000 for 1,000-square-foot two-bedrooms.

More than half of the 132 apartments would be studios and convertible units, and the rest would be one-bedrooms and two-bedrooms.

Clayco, the developer behind the project, intends to reserve 13 of the 132 apartments for affordable housing and build an additional six affordable units off-site.

The project has the support of Ald. Joe Moreno (1st), whose ward includes the development.

Many neighbors, however, have expressed concerns over the building's size, including the impacted neighborhood group, West Bucktown Neighborhood Association. One neighbor said the development and others like it are turning Logan Square's streets into "canyons."

The approved proposal calls for 16 parking spaces and 7,000 square feet of retail space.

Once built, the project will sit on a lot that has sat vacant for the last 15 years.

At the last community meeting, Raymond Valadez, chief of staff for Moreno, said the land is "long overdue to be redeveloped."

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