News and Notes: Trader Joe’s Expansion, Ravenswood Station, and a Suspicious Package

By Hunter Clauss | Monday, May 24, 2010

The Northcenter Trader Joe's plans to expand into part of the old CB2 space. Credit: Mike Fourcher

Trader Joe?s Prepares for Opening of Northcenter Expansion

The expansion of the Trader Joe?s located at 3745 N. Lincoln Ave. will be completed sometime in early July, says company spokeswoman Alison Mochizuki. The grocery-store chain will add 4,000 square feet to its Northcenter store from the empty retail space next door that formerly housed a CB2. Mochizuki says the Northcenter store will clock in at around 15,000 square feet once the expansion is completed, and she also says more cash registers will be added.

CB2 moved out of its location next to the Northcenter Trader Joe?s in January. It had occupied that spot for 10 years.

Vote Slated for Ravenswood Station

Lincoln Square residents will get to vote on the proposed Ravenswood Station development project this week. The 140,000-square-foot project would be built on a Sears parking lot near Lawrence and Ravenswood avenues, and it would include a Roundy?s grocery store, a 50-foot-tall parking lot, and a health center that has yet to be determined. Pat Thompson, who?s with the law firm DLA Piper and is the lead attorney for the development, has said the retail part of the project could create nearly 300 full-time jobs and 150 part-time jobs.

Ald. Eugene Schulter (47) said planned upgrades for the Ravenswood Metra station will also be revealed at the May 27 meeting. A time and a location have not been announced yet.

Suspicious Package

A suspicious package found last week on the 2000 block of West Montrose Avenue turned out to be ?two soda pops? wrapped in newspaper, says officer Anne Dwyer of Chicago Police News Affairs. The unattended package was spotted near a mailbox around 4:08 p.m. on May 19. Dwyer says fluid was leaking from the package, which prompted the police department to dispatch its bomb and arson unit.

Vacation Rental Ordinance Scheduled for a Final Vote

The so-called ?nightly vacation rental? ordinance will be taken up for a final vote at the City Council?s Committee on License and Consumer Protection meeting on June 2, according the ordinance?s chief sponsor, downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly (42). The meeting is expected to take place at 11 a.m. in room 201A at City Hall.

Pat Clark, owner of Pat?s Place, says the ordinance will put her Northcenter-based nightly rental company out of business.

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  • Andy Floyd

    Last time Alderman Schulter gave 24 hours notice to vote on the Ravenswood Station project. Is that what he is doing this time? How many of our TIF dollars is he giving away? He claims he is transparent. This is anything but transparent. What a joke. Vote out all incumbents in 2011.

  • http://www.ChicagoRealEstateLocal.blogspot.com Eric Rojas

    On Ravenswood Station, Andy is a little off base here as I’ve been to the past two meetings. There was nearly a weeks notice for each of the last two meetings… not adequate in my opinion, but much more than 24 hours claimed here.

    Back to the facts… I wrote that notices went out in the mail to homes last week around Tuesday 5/18/10. The meeting has been scheduled for May 27th, 7PM at McPherson Elementary 4728 N Wolcott. http://chicagorealestatelocal.blogspot.com/2010/05/ravenswood-station-sears-lot.html

    The meeting notices should have been sent last week on the Alderman’s email list and facebook.com page in which many have signed up. No excuse for exclusion by email.

    There is no guarantee a vote will be taken. Regardless, I know many condo and house owners are very positive about the revamped project and will show up to the meeting in support; and will vote yes if given the opportunity.

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