Uptown residents in May developed some ideas on what to do with land that will be freed upon both sides of the CTA tracks after the Wilson station and track rehab project is complete.
A rectangular parcel of about 5,500 square feet would sit directly east of the new station’s main entrance with 30 feet of frontage on the south side of West Wilson Avenue. And another 32,600 square foot long, rectangular strip of land would sit on the other side of the entrance with 60 feet of Wilson frontage, just east of Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson Ave., according to DNAinfo Chicago.
Residents suggested seven ideas, including a building with a brewery, bowling and bar. Some of those ideas include:
A $7.4 million proposal envisions a two-floor retail complex anchored by a brewery, bowling alley and a bar.
A proposal to build a $38 million twin-tower development. It would include a nine-story office building facing Wilson — with space devoted to job training programs and 5,280 square feet of ground level retail — and a 15-story apartment building behind it with about 80 rental units, 20 percent of them designated affordable.
A mixed-use development with a makers’ space and farmers market as focal points of nearly 16,000 square feet of ground-level retail, with nearly 37,000 square feet of housing above. The units would be a blend of row homes and two and four bedroom apartments, 20 percent for condo buyers and the rest for renters. Affordable housing would comprise 60 percent of the 25 units.
A $20.3 million plan that includes 10,500 square feet of retail space on Wilson Avenue on both sides of the main station entrance; lots of green space between Truman and the west side of the station; a three building apartment complex with half its 66 units for affordable housing and 21,100 square feet of non-profit spread across the lower levels; and 20 parking spaces.
CTA spokeswoman Catherine Hosinki said workshop results would be “provided to the future developer as part of the planning process.” CTA intends to retain ownership of the properties, will most likely seek a long-term lessee to partner with, and intends to budget the development separately from the $203 million station plan, according to Hosinki.
See the Metropolitan Planning Council website for more details and drawings of the ideas.
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