Ravenswood Station Developers To Discuss Plans Thursday

By Mike Fourcher | Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The new front elevation plans for the proposed Ravenswood Station development are very different from those revealed in September. Rendering from developer.

Thursday evening the Ravenswood Station development team will detail their plans for the 286,000 square foot space on Lawrence Ave. next to the Ravenswood Metra North Line station.

Thursday’s presentation, set for the 47th Ward Council meeting, 6:45 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 1757 W. Wilson Ave., will be the first of three presentations the team will conduct. The second and third presentations will be on December 15 and 19, with the locations still to be determined.

The presentation slides, provided by Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th), reflect the project’s somewhat tortured history. Since the project was first introduced in Spring 2010, the lead developers have changed from Daley-connected Magellan Development to Silver Lake Development Group and now retail veterans Barrett & Porto and The Taxman Company.

The project originally promised a condo tower, then cut the tower. Last September’s plans had much more limited residential development. Thursday’s presentation shows no residential plans.

From a Lawrence Ave. perspective, the proposed development, fronted by a Mariano’s Fresh Market, looks very different from the plans released just two months ago.

The developers promise a Spring 2013 opening for the retail space in their presentation.

Ravenswood Station Presentation

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  • http://twitter.com/rgiraldi Richard Giraldi

    A Marianos in the neighborhood would be awesome.

  • Sarah Dandelles

    Did Mariano’s get the TIFF money? That’s what I want to know…

    • Anonymous

      I’m not aware they asked for TIF. Besides, the city just approved the TIF funding for the Lawrence Ave. streetscape: http://www.centersquarejournal.com/email/lawrence-avenue-streetscape-moves-forward

  • niuguy

    They really need to bring back the residential.  Why on earth (besides to please a few locals) would you build low density next to a transit stop?  It doesn’t make sense.

    I am all for the development of this area, but I want to see forward thinking development.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I don’t get Chicagoans’ resistance to high-density… it’s what makes neighborhoods team with life and offers more chances for good retail. Stupid, stupid decision.

      • Mike royce

        Yeah, so that way every neighborhood can be Lincoln Park.

        • Anonymous

          Ravenswood is not in danger of becoming Lincoln Park, Mike. That area is of Lawrence is sad and very un-dense. It could use some density. Move to the suburbs if you want an acre of land per capita.

        • Mike royce

          If you keep packing it in you moran it will be.  Sorry, city dweller all my life not a transplant  from some other state or burb, like I am sure you are. 

        • Anonymous

          It’s funny how you at first called me a ‘moran’ and then had to fix it. I’ve owned property in the neighborhood since I was 24 (1996). What’s with the insults? Makes you seem like you don’t have much of an argument…

        • Mike royce

          The insults were started by you- who told me to “move back to the burbs” because I really don’t want my property value to decrease more than it already has.  Nobody is against the Mariano’s, Gym and what not going up, but But throwing up more condos/rentals

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alex-Oconnor/100000019937989 Alex O’connor

          Tell that to Manhattan or the Gold Coast. High density is in fact correlated with more amenities. And why should property owner….who often complain of high property tax rates be able to foist their limitations on another parcel and thereby freeride on the cost imposed on that other owner. Freeloader.

    • Mike royce

      How is overpriced housing that will deflate current real-estate forward thinking? You must be a developer decoy. Nobody that actually owns property in the area wants the residential aspect involved at all. You would know this if you went to the public forums for residents.

      • niuguy

        Haha.  No sir!  
        I’m a grad student who has an admittedly idealistic view of city planning. Areas around train stops should be relatively higher (obviously Ravenswood is not Lincoln Park is not the Loop) density and as you go further from the stop density would be reduced.   A few main points….1) Silly to have low density around a stop….defeats the purpose of having great services such as the L2) While the opinion of residents is important, its not the only thing.  Planners have a responsibility to think long term.  That means considering how best to use city resources. 3) Even if the city REALLY wants density it also comes down to developers and whether or not they think its profitable.  Clearly, these developers are ok with having no housing and since that area has been in need of development for a long time, it will probably go through despite the city’s wants.

        Anyways, its all my opinion of course….and I’m nobody. haha  
        Y’all should play nicer around here.  No need to get upset.  :)

    • Matt Kuzma

      Parcel 1 has the residential, looks like.

  • Cheryl Sigsbee

    I’m really going to miss the garden center that sets up in the Sears parking lot next to the auto center.. I wish there were a place elsewhere in Ravenswood where they could set up. Any ideas?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alex-Oconnor/100000019937989 Alex O’connor

    The design of this site is awful. Essentially corporate single use & separation of use. We need to get back to building more traditional building sets that are more usable long term by client other than the original firm planning to move in. Does anyone think that this building or Mariano’s for that matter will be around as long as any of the multi-story loft warehouse style building along Ravenswood….no. But these corporate client insist on idiosyncratic building style that limits future flexibility and hence undermines long term value.

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