The wheels are turning slowly when it comes to bringing the proposed Mariano’s project on Lawrence Avenue to fruition, but they are still turning. The Ravenswood Station development — Mariano’s plus an L.A. Fitness targeted for a parcel formerly owned by Sears — is set to come before the Chicago Plan Commission on Aug. 16.
Once the Plan Commission signs off on the project, the proposal will be introduced to City Council, likely in September. Pending clearance of that final hurdle, the construction process can commence.
Plans for Ravenswood Terrace, a 150-unit apartment complex also being built on the former Sears site, have been modified since last viewed by the public, at the request of Ald. Ameya Pawar’s (47th) office. The most significant alteration: a six-story “amenities building,” intended to house a fitness center, community room and rooftop terrace, has disappeared, replaced by a five-story residential building and four-story building with green roof. (The remaining buildings are three-story six flats.)
Along with the green roof, more trees have been added, as well as space for a garden. A pedestrian walkway takes the place of a private drive. The modifications provide additional green space while reducing the project’s overall height. (See changes in document below; first page is original plan, second and third pages are alterations.)