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Condos To Replace Ex Wilco Band Member's UK Village Recording Studio

By Alisa Hauser | March 20, 2017 1:06pm
 Jay Bennett's former recording studio building at 2116 W. Chicago Ave. will be demolished and replaced by condos.
Jay Bennett's former recording studio building at 2116 W. Chicago Ave. will be demolished and replaced by condos.
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Ken Coomer (Jay Bennett, Jan. 2000); John Hanna (Rendering): Google Maps (building)

UKRAINIAN VILLAGE — A tiny building in Ukrainian Village that was home to the recording studio founded by Wilco's Jay Bennett after the singer-songwriter split from the band in 2001 will be demolished and replaced by luxury condos.

Volo Development's Mykhaylo "Michael" Volochiy on Friday received a permit to wreck and remove the 1-story building at 2116 W. Chicago Ave., city records show.

Volochiy plans to build a 4-story brick and aluminum-paneled building offering four luxury condos anchored by a first floor office, according to a rendering provided by architect John Hanna.

Located along a changing stretch of Chicago Avenue, for almost two decades the building was the site of 6Odum, a hangout for the "under-21 punk and hardcore music scene," according to reports.

The building was also home to Pieholden Suite Sound, a recording studio founded by Bennett in 2002.

Bennett, who died in 2009, played an integral role in Chicago-based band Wilco's beginnings from 1994 to 2001.

A song by Bennett and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy on Summerteeth, Wilco's third album, is named "Pieholden Suite."

Bennett's tumultuous break from the band was a big part of "I am trying to break your heart," a 2002 documentary about the making of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Wilco's fourth album and among the top albums of the decade.

Matt DeWine, a sound engineer who worked with Bennett after Bennett left Wilco, has continued to operate Pieholden Suite Sound along with studio manager Josh Dumas.

The studio — described in a 2013 Chicago Reader story as a "recording playground" and a shrine to Bennett who collected vintage guitars —  moved out this past fall.

The building was sold to Volochiy on Feb. 16 for a unknown amount, county records show.

Volochiy, a prolific local builder whose properties are often sold through Wicker Park's North Clybourn Group, could not immediately be reached for comment.

On Monday, real estate agent Karen Biazar with North Clybourn Group, said prices will be $649,000 for the lower-level condo duplexes and $719,000 for the two penthouse units.

All of the four condos will be 3-bedroom, 2.5-bathrooms. Pre-sales are expected to begin within the next week, Biazar said.

Once construction starts, Biazar said it will be about eight months until the project is completed.

View the floor plans.

Approved by the city's Dept. of Buildings in February, Volochiy's permit calls for the construction of a 4-story building with four condos featuring balconies facing Chicago Avenue, a rooftop deck, and an interior 5-space parking garage.