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Ravenswood Station Ordinance Passes City Council

By Sam Charles

Fresh off its unanimous recommendation for passage by the Finance Committee yesterday, the ordinance to fully approve the development of the land at the northwest corner of West Lawrence and North Ravenswood avenues passed the city council today, with a vote of 48-1. According g to Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th), the lone “no” vote came Read the Rest…

Ravenswood Station Passes Finance Committee, Faces Full Council Vote Tomorrow

By Sam Charles

The Ravenswood Redevelopment Plan took one more step toward becoming a reality on Wednesday, Nov. 14, with its passage in the city council’s Finance Committee. The motion, set forth by Ald. Brendan Reilly of the 42nd Ward, passed unanimously. The full council will hear the ordinance on Thursday, Nov. 15. Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th), who Read the Rest…

Ravenswood Station Zoning Plans Pass City Council; On Track For TIF Funding

By Sam Charles

After approval from the City Council Zoning Committee on Oct. 25, a city ordinance to develop the northwest corner at the intersection of Ravenswood and Lawrence avenues was given the green light at the most recent council meeting, passing with a 49-0 vote. The project, which will bring a Mariano’s grocery store, Sears Auto Care Read the Rest…

Metra Breaks Ground For New Lawrence Ave. Station

By Mike Fourcher

Local elected officials gathered yesterday morning near the site for a long-delayed new Union Pacific North Line Ravenswood Metra station at Lawrence and Ravenswood Avenues, an $18.3 million project that promises to provide shelter from the elements for waiting riders, make the station accessible to the disabled and eliminate a long-time public transit eyesore. “This Read the Rest…

Update on Mariano’s and Ravenswood Terrace

By Patty Wetli

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. Read the Rest…

Residential Component of Ravenswood Terrace Unveiled

By Patty Wetli

The picture of the proposed Ravenswood Station/Terrace development on Lawrence Avenue (the six-acre parcel is currently owned by Sears) became a bit clearer Thursday night at a community meeting featuring representatives from the developers of both the commercial and residential components. Approximately 30 residents and a gaggle of suits attended the detailed presentation, hosted on Read the Rest…

Ravenswood Terrace Residential Project Dead?

By Mike Fourcher

Real estate news site GlobeSt.com is reporting this morning that the Ravenswood Terrace project, a $50 million project first reported by Center Square Journal, is dead. The residential project would be sited immediately north of the Ravenswood Station commercial project on Lawrence Ave. and the Ravenswood Metra North station. The publication says that developer Magellan Read the Rest…

Ravenswood Station Project Demands TIF And Residential Component To Go Forward

By Mike Fourcher

The two biggest aspects of last night’s Ravenswood Station project were not even in the developers’ presentation: the developers require $4.4 million of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) money and the approval of a residential component of the project before it can go forward. Using stronger language than his predecessor ever did in a community meeting, Read the Rest…

Ravenswood Station Developers To Discuss Plans Thursday

By Mike Fourcher

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 Read the Rest…

Metra To Begin Bridge Reconstruction On UP North Line In Two Weeks

By Dave Kornecki

Hoping the second time is the charm, Metra plans to begin a major bridge reconstruction project on the Union Pacific (UP) North Line in the next two weeks that is projected to last until 2019 and, Metra claims will have no noticeable impact on rush-hour commuter schedules. “The rush-hour commuting schedule will not be impacted by Read the Rest…

Sun Times: Lawrence Ave. Sears Parking Lot Project Derailed

By Mike Fourcher

The Chicago Sun Times reported this morning that the proposed Ravenswood Station development in the Sears parking lot at Ravenswood and Lawrence Ave., is “derailed” because Sears Holdings Corp. and Magellan Development Group LLC have not been able to agree on a sale price for the property. The 80,000 square-foot project was slated to include a Mariano’s Read the Rest…

Metra Construction Plans Available To View

By Samantha Abernethy

Metra officials held a community meeting on March 29 to present construction plans for the upcoming rail construction on the Union Pacific North Metra line, slated to begin this month. Though billed as a public forum, Metra officials did not address the crowd in an organized meeting. Officials mingled with the crowds and answered questions Read the Rest…

Center Square In The News

By Brad Bretz

NBC 5 Chicago reports on ethnicity in Chicago politics and how Lincoln Square may soon be Irish. Chicago Now encourages us to make reservations for Chicago Restaurants Week at Bistro Campagne A.V. Club Chicago talks with Dustin Drase & Michael Ardaiolo about their Lincoln Square based cassette label, Plustapes. Chicago Reader tells us about a Read the Rest…

Mariano’s Faces Obstacles To Opening New Grocery Stores

By Mike Fourcher

Mariano’s Fresh Markets plans to add a new grocery store at Western Ave. and Roscoe street, the former home of a Dominick’s. The building has been vacant since October, but Mariano’s cannot get in the space yet. “We can’t get in until the previous lease [with Dominick's] expires,” said Vivian King, spokeswoman for Mariano’s Fresh Markets. Read the Rest…

Mariano’s Waiting For Dominick’s To Leave

By Mike Fourcher

Mariano’s Fresh Markets plans to add a new grocery store at Western Ave. and Roscoe street, the former home of a Dominick’s. The building has been vacant since October, but Mariano’s cannot get in the space yet. “We can’t get in until the previous lease [with Dominick's] expires,” said Vivian King, spokeswoman for Mariano’s Fresh Read the Rest…

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