HUMBOLDT PARK — A hulking red brick building at the western end of the 606's Bloomingdale Trail — once a factory where Lincoln Logs were made — will become a CubeSmart self-storage facility, the new owners said Tuesday.
Located at 1750 N. Lawndale Ave. in Humboldt Park, the vacant heavy timber loft building was the home of Playskool Manufacturing Co.'s Lincoln Logs from the 1940s through the 1960s, according to a news release from Essex Realty Group, which brokered the $2.2 million sale on behalf of seller Don Glisovich and the buyer.
Glisovich, a prolific local real estate developer, said the sale to Platform II Lawndale LLC, an entity headed by Northbrook-based developer Martin Taradejna, was finalized on June 2. Jim Darrow and Jordan Gottlieb from Essex Realty Group represented Glisovich in the sale.
Taradejna, who is working with a business partner, told DNAinfo that CubeSmart, a fast-growing Pennsylvania-based storage company with several locations in Chicago, has been tapped to move into the building in early 2018.
"Being on the 606 is an attractive thing, and having the YMCA as a neighbor. It's a nice dense population there, and not a lot of self-storage," Taradejna said.
The CubeSmart will offer 600 storage units, ranging in size from 45 to 150 square feet. There will be indoor and outdoor parking.
Brian Mond, a broker at Essex Realty Group, represented Taradejna in the sale.
"I think he is going to do well with it," Mond said.
The 45,834-square-foot building and an attached 23,380 square-foot warehouse faces Lawndale Avenue, Ridgeway Avenue, and on its northernmost side, overlooks the elevated Bloomingdale Trail's western end and pinwheel-shaped observatory.
In 2015, Glisovich, who had initially bought the building with investors before becoming the sole owner, said that a brewery, coffee roaster, theater, cafe, or bike shop could all be possible tenants at the site, which spans over an acre of land.
"We'd like to put something here so people have a destination, someplace to come and hang out at the end or beginning of the trail. It's like one big party now; the Wicker Park people meet the Humboldt Park people and vice versa. It's just going to keep going with more synergy," Glisovich previously said of the 2.7-mile long elevated trail that runs through Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square and Humboldt Park.