Wood Street buildings slated for demolition

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By Scott Rappe 

Two lovely buildings are coming down in the 800 block of Wood, one an iconic East Village four-flat, the other a unique Empire-style structure.

The new owner will build "standard three flats" on each lot, according to Raymond Valadez, chief of staff to 1st Ward Ald. Proco Joe Moreno. Valadez said the designs can be built as of right. East Village Association volunteers are attempting to meet with Moreno and the developer.

It is sad to note that this block was on the preliminary 2005 map for the city's East Village Landmark District and later removed. Ironically, the Empire-style building at 820 N. Wood was featured on the city's landmarks website to illustrate the East Village district. The photo was removed after EVA made inquiries Monday about demolition permits at the two addresses.

These will be the fourth and fifth vintage buildings to be demolished on Wood Street between Chicago & Armitage in the past month.
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