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Chicago condo development could transform landmark block

Historic property, neighboring bird sanctuary could be rezoned for condo development
  • Purchased in 1974, a vacant lot was turned into a bird sanctuary built by the owner and donated to the Chicago Audubon Society.
  • Lizzie Kaplan and Michael Brehney's development team aims to rehab the historic home and build a row of four-story condos where the sanctuary sits.
  • The project is still up for consideration by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks and other local organizations.

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Along a stretch of Lincoln Park's iconic blocks sits an old lot with a storied past. To some residents, the plot along 441-447 West Arlington Place is an eyesore, but to others it's a historic piece of the neighborhood -- leading the area to be considered a Chicago Landmark. Now, one development team is seeking to add a row of million-dollar condos to the property. On August 19, developers and members of the neighborhood gathered at a community meeting at Gaslight Bar & Grill to discuss their proposal for the site, which includes adding a four-story condo building with 14 parking spaces. The landmark historic home, the developers said, would remain as is -- but the forest-like vacant lot next door would be replaced. Google street view of the site Purchased in 1974 by the neighboring historic home's owner, Eugene Chesrow, the vacant lot was eyed in the early 1970s as a site for a high-rise and then again for a supermarket. In 1989, the 400-block of West Arlin...