Update on the Southwest Corner of Division Street and Ashland Avenue—Pizza Hut Site

by Mary Szpur

As Scott Rappe, chairman of EVA’s Planning, Preservation, and Development committee, has reported, development plans for the former Pizza Hut site on Division Street and Ashland Avenue so far most likely continue to be a freestanding Walgreens. EVA’s Board, however, supports development with a denser, multi-story development on this site, more consistent with the MB bank building directly north across Division Street, to form a coherent “gateway” to the neighborhood. Walgreens could of course be part of that development.

A mixed-use development, including residential, close to the concentration of mass transit available at this site, would be consistent with the city of Chicago’s planning goals for prominent corner sites.

If development of this site interests you, please come to the October EVA meeting on Tuesday, October 2, to discuss the issue.