Lawrence Ave. Sore Spot For Sale

By Mike Fourcher | Friday, July 15, 2011

1801 W. Lawrence Ave. Photo from MLS.

Heading under the Lawrence Ave. Metra underpass, it is hard to ignore the shabby-looking building at 1801 W. Lawrence Ave. But according to the Multiple Listing Service, for an easy $1.2 million, this corner storefront with two remodeled upstairs apartments can be yours.

The 1960 building was purchased in January 2010 by Angthong Nartnapa for $690,000 and then relisted in January 2011 for it’s current price.

Please, someone buy this and make it into something good. All that Metra pedestrian traffic has got to be worth something.

What would you like to see in this spot?

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  • Anonymous

    I suggested  Starbucks to open here- but maybe it could be a shared outlet for Food trucks!  It would be perfect location for a drive-thru.  It would be great to have a place for people getting on/off the metra to grab a bite or something to drink!  Seems a bit overpriced for the condition and the number of years it has been empty.,

  • Anonymous

    “Seems a bit overpriced for the condition and the number of years it has been empty.,”

    And the fact that, in teh year since it last sold, exactly … what? … has changed?

  • Anonymous

    Off the top of my head? Here’s some stuff that would fit next to a Metra stop. ALL these things could fit in that spot together.

    A fruit/vegetable stand (RIP that place that was at Seeley (I think?))
    Indoor bike parking for Metra commuters
    Flower shop
    News stand a la Main News in Evanston
    Another Perfect Cup or Beans & Bagels

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=508329621 Donna Martin

    a rock club!
    something like the empty bottle, schuba’s, or lounge ax.

  • Anonymous

    They have done some work to it in the past year.   On the Ravenswood side you will see new glass doors.  I’m assuming the inside was re-done as well.  I can’t imagine that they did enough work to cover the increase in price but who knows.  It is a great location and a total shame it’s been vacant for so long.   Considering the hundreds of people who walk by there every day you would think this would be a no brainer.  I think a coffee shop/bakery would be a good fit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1397464762 Ella Button

    I would love a Whole Foods. They’d have to tear it down and put up something brand new, with parking.

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