PORTAGE PARK – An office building arrives at a long vacant parking lot in Six Corners.
GW propertiesthe developer behind other projects on the northwest side, is constructing a two-story building at 3934-3936 N. Milwaukee Ave. which will house medical offices and provide more than 60 parking spaces for employees, said director and co-founder Mitch Goltz.
Goltz would not share details due to a confidentiality agreement with the medical company, but he said the $4 million project will bring more density and development to the region which is already experiencing a revival.
“We have invested heavily in [area] properties, so it’s one more project that will bring new business, jobs, patrons [and will] benefit everyone,” Goltz said.
Construction began late last year and will be completed by summer, Goltz said. City records show that planning permission for the building was issued in October, and it will be designed by architect Mark DiGanci of Design Studio24.
The offices occupy the former Bank of America parking lot, vacant since the bank closed in 2014.
The 10-story seniors’ facility called The Clarendale is being built next door on the bank’s former site, and it will have 258 residences and 11 affordable units, as well as retail outlets like Aldi. It should be finished in the fall.
Across the street, part of the old Sears is being demolished to make way for luxury apartments and retail. Redevelopment plans for the building at 4730 W. Irving Park Road include its conversion into a six-story residential and commercial development with 207 apartments and six affordable units.
New businesses are also springing up at Six Corners, including three in January. The Hot Dog Box at 4020 N. Milwaukee Ave. and Province Pizza at 4024 N. Milwaukee Ave. opened last week, and a grocery bike delivery program took over an empty storefront at 4819 W. Irving Park Road earlier this month.
New businesses in 2021 included Veloria Coffee, 3936 N. Cicero Ave.; event and retail space The Joy Room Chicago, 4837 W. Irving Park Road; and the Gracie O’Malley Pub, 4058 N. Milwaukee Ave. Wildlight Yoga studio has moved to 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave., #302.
Goltz said the medical facility will complement other Six Corners developments and businesses and “reposition a site that has remained stagnant.”
GW Properties is also behind the $80 million retail and apartment complex project on the former Peoples Gas site near Six Corners. Neighbors lambasted the plans at a community meeting last year, calling it a suburban-style mall with too many parking spaces and not enough public space or residential units.
Its current proposal calls for 110 apartments, an Amazon Fresh grocery store, a Burlington clothing store, a Panera Bread restaurant and more than 300 parking spaces. But Goltz said his team has revised the plans and hopes to hold another community meeting soon to show residents updated renderings.
The developer, who has worked on similar large-scale commercial developments in the suburbs, is also behind plans for the redevelopment of the 107-year-old Hollander Storage & Moving site in the heart of Logan Square.
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