LINCOLN PARK — The demolition process is complete at the old site of Children's Memorial Hospital.
Demolition of the old Nellie Black building, just across the street north of Fullerton Avenue, was completed earlier this month, with site work and grading to begin in April.
Preservationists fought the loss of the Nellie Black building, 700-710 W. Fullerton Avenue, as well as demolition of the Martha Wilson Memorial Pavilion, across the street at 701 W. Fullerton. But the Nellie Black site will become Belmont Village, a seven-story, 120,000-square-foot senior residence with 150 assisted-living units.
The greater part of the Children's Memorial Hospital development, on the triangular block between Fullerton, Lincoln Avenue and Orchard Street, will include two luxury apartment buildings with a total of 540 units, 60 low-rise condominiums, 160,000 square feet of retail space and 57,000 square feet of open space accessible to the public, not just residents.
While beneficial weather over the winter allowed demolition to be completed ahead of schedule by the end of February, completion of the ambitious development is still not expected until next year.