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After Neighbors Oppose 10-Story Building, Developer Backs Off Proposal

By Ted Cox | May 15, 2017 2:21pm | Updated on May 16, 2017 2:44pm
 Demolition is underway at 2300 N. Clybourn Ave., former home of a FedEx/Kinko's office.
Demolition is underway at 2300 N. Clybourn Ave., former home of a FedEx/Kinko's office.
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LINCOLN PARK — A building on the site of a controversial proposed apartment building on North Clybourn Avenue is being demolished without a formal plan to replace it. But it won't be the 10-story building neighbors opposed.

A year ago, owner Arie Zweig sought to build the 10-story, 85-unit apartment complex on the site at 2300 N. Clybourn Ave., which most recently housed a FedEx and Kinko's. The building was to have 9,000 square feet of retail on the lower floors, but residents opposed the project, arguing that it would add to traffic congestion in the area.

According to the office of Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd), who ultimately sided with residents in that conflict, the owner intends to build to code on the site, which would mean a building of no more than five stories.

"They do not have a planned proposal completed yet," said Sara Barnes, an attorney representing Zweig. But she confirmed he would not seek a change in the existing zoning as part of the project.

Amstadter Architects designed the 10-story building intended for the southeast corner of Clybourn and Ashland Avenue, but had to go back to the drawing board when the zoning change was halted.

Instead, architect Marc Amstadter revealed Tuesday, he's drawn up a two-story office building with 7,500 square feet of retail on the ground floor and 8,200 square feet of offices above.

It's expected to be completed by the end of the year.