by BRIAN NADIG
A building permit is pending for a 14-unit residential building at 5069-75 N. Northwest Hwy. at Jefferson Park and a “for sale” sign was posted on the vacant lot.
The permit application calls for a three-storey masonry structure with a roof terrace and 14 on-site parking spaces. The permit was filed in February, but part of the processing of the application took place late last month. The for sale sign was posted last week.
The 14,749 square foot site stretches along Northwest Highway and Carmen Avenue and is located just south of the parking lot at 16th (Jefferson Park) Police District Station, 5151 N. Milwaukee Ave. The plot has been vacant for approximately 15 years.
In 2007, the property was rezoned to RM-4.5 to allow for a 14-unit apartment building with 14-space underground parking, but the project never materialized.
In 2020, a proposal to rezone the property to build a 36-unit apartment building with 15 parking spaces did not materialize due to parking issues and the density of residents in the area. Alderman James Gardiner (45th) cited these concerns in his opposition to the proposed zoning.
The 2020 proposal sought reductions in parking requirements and additional density allowances due to the site’s proximity to the Jefferson Park Metra station, 5020 N. Northwest Hwy., as the project would have qualified as a transportation-oriented development in common. Otherwise, the project would have been limited to 29 apartments according to the zoning proposal, and at least one parking space per unit would have been required.
It is unclear why the property is for sale at the same time as planning permission to build is pending. In some cases, development sites are sold with an approved permit, and the buyer can build using that permit while certain elements, such as the owner’s name and contact and insurance information, are updated. with the city.
A realtor representing the property could not be reached for comment.
The Northwest Highway site is one of several in the Jefferson Park area where property was reclassified, but construction never took place. Others include the site of a proposed 16-story building with 114 units at 5306 W. Ainslie St. and a proposed five-story structure with 31 units at 4900 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Last year, Gardiner had the site for a 48-unit apartment complex project at 5338-52 W. Argyle St. decommissioned after the property went up for sale. The property was reclassified 6 years ago but the project was never built.