An architect's conception displays the townhome structures proposed for 1900 W. Pershing Road.

New Townhome Development Proposed for Pershing Road

Published April 20, 2018

The McKinley Park neighborhood's residential development boom continues to push forward with a proposal to build 16 townhomes in a vacant lot at 1900 W. Pershing Road. The plan requires rezoning the property from commercial to residential, and 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas is soliciting community feedback before making the change.

"The idea was to first get community input," Cardenas said, noting that the proposed zoning change has yet to be submitted for passage and ratification. Chief among his concerns have been construction quality, site layout and setting an appropriate level of density for this part of the neighborhood, he said.

 
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The site, which served as the former home of the McKinley Park Community Garden, includes ten lots, across which four buildings would house the townhomes. Each townhome would have two garage parking spaces, mitigating concerns about parking, Cardenas said. "We definitely don't want to have a parking issue on the street."

The project proposal describes building architecture as brick-clad and accented with architectural aluminum panels. Each townhome will have three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms and include amenities like red oak hardwood floors, custom kitchen cabinets and stone countertops, washer/dryer hookups and high-efficiency heating and cooling.

The developer of the property is listed as Dan Mark, whose other neighborhood development projects include a rejected proposal for a transit-oriented development at Archer Avenue and Leavitt Street. Property owners listed in the zoning change request include Trang T. Duong of Chicago, Bao Zhang Huang of Westmont, Illinois, and Yong Cun Huang of Columbus, Ohio.

12th Ward representative Samie Martinez spoke about the proposed development at the Wednesday, April 18, meeting of the McKinley Park Development Council. He noted the proposed zoning change and the call for community feedback. When asked whether retaining the property's commercial zoning might help bring businesses to Pershing, Martinez highlighted the many vacant commercial storefronts still in the neighborhood.

Cardenas said he supports the proposed zoning change in general, and that residential is a good use for that property. Additional density in this area might help inspire more investment and development in other commercial strips on Pershing Road, he said.

A decision on zoning will be made in May, Cardenas said, as construction would need to begin in order to meet development schedules for the 2018 building season.

Residents interested in submitting feedback on the project can contact the 12th Ward office through its website, via phone at (773) 523-8250, or by making an appointment for the weekly Ward Night, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays.

Signs at the proposed building site at 1900 W. Pershing Road note the proposed zoning change.
Signs at the proposed building site at 1900 W. Pershing Road note the proposed zoning change.


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