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Lincoln Avenue Shuts Down Wednesday To Install Construction Crane

By Ted Cox | August 21, 2017 2:16pm | Updated on August 23, 2017 8:35am
 This stretch of Lincoln Avenue between Belden and Fullerton avenues will be closed starting Wednesday.
This stretch of Lincoln Avenue between Belden and Fullerton avenues will be closed starting Wednesday.
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LINCOLN PARK — Lincoln Avenue will be closed Wednesday through Friday as a construction crane is installed for the south tower of the Lincoln Common development.

According to the latest Lincoln Common update, excavation and work on the earth-retention system continues this week. A pedestrian canopy above the Fullerton Avenue sidewalk to the north also will be erected.

With the foundation for the south tower's construction crane having been poured last week, the crane will be installed Wednesday through Friday. That will require Lincoln Avenue be closed all three days for about a half block from the three-way intersection with Orchard Street and Belden Avenue and Orchard Street to the parking garage at 2316 N. Lincoln Ave.

The sidewalk on the east side of Lincoln Avenue also will be closed those days, but the sidewalk on the west side of the street will remain open.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined developer Dan McCaffery and his partner on the project, Hines Interests, in a formal groundbreaking in May. Lincoln Common will build two luxury apartment towers on the triangular lot formerly occupied by Children's Memorial Hospital at 2300 N. Lincoln.

The full development will have 540 apartments, 60 low-rise condominiums, 160,000 square feet of retail space and an acre of open land accessible to the public.

McCaffery has estimated completion of the project will take two years.