Chicago condo development could transform landmark block

  • 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 W. Arlington Pl. 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.