Division SRO goes upscale, garage site residential


1659 W. Division

Planning, Preservation & Development minutes for April 15, 2013

Robert Baum and Mike Downing, new owners of 1659 W. Division, will rehab and continue to operate single-room occupancy apartments. The business plan is to offer corporate housing contracts to law firms, hospitals and other service businesses at a lower price than executive housing. Most units will continue to share bathrooms, but with updated plumbing. Main entrance will be on Division Street. The building will have 24-hour staffing, video monitoring and a first-floor retail tenant. The building will be reconfigured to 35 units (from 38) and rates to about $2,000 a month (from $400). Parking will be offsite on private lots, with no valet. The operator will contract for commercial refuse service. Units will not have full kitchens; the first floor will have a lunchroom.

The architect, owner and developers of a vacant lot at 819 N. Paulina (John Hanna, Rogelio Llamedo, Alex Negonechny, Andriy Stetsyuk) presented revised plans for 6 six-flats, largely conforming to R4.5 zoning per EVA request but with short setbacks. Scott Rappe suggested the development presents an opportunity to improve street views and pedestrian safety by vacating second (north) alley created for former use as city parking garage. Builder asked for more units and owner for expedited review. Ald. Moreno said his office would investigate feasibility, and Rob Schickel will get neighbor feedback.

5-6pm at 1st Ward office, 2058 N. Western Ave. Attending: Neal McKnight, Gladys Anselmo, Scott Rappe, Stephen Rynkiewicz, Rob Schickel, Tom Tomek; Proco Joe Moreno, Raymond Valadez; Robert Baum, Mike Downing, John Hanna, Rogelio Llamedo, Alex Negonechny, Andriy Stetsyuk.

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