• Corporate Grocer At Prime Lincoln Square Intersection Would Be ‘Atomic Bomb’ For Local Businesses, Critics Say. But Can It Be Stopped?

    Developers proposed putting a grocery store in the former Fifth Third Bank building at Lawrence and Western avenues, but no details have been shared because a zoning change isn't needed. Still, neighbors want their voices heard.

    by Alex V. Hernandez / Block Club Chicago / 2:30 PM CST on Jan 27, 2021

    LINCOLN SQUARE — A proposed development at the heart of Lincoln Square is alarming neighbors and business owners who fear it could be a national grocery store chain, like an Amazon Fresh.

    Developer Hubbard Street Group is pursuing a two-story commercial development at the former Fifth Third Bank building at 4800 N. Western Ave. The plans include a grocery store on the first floor, said Ald. Andre Vasquez (40th).

    Vasquez said he’s been unable to find out which retailer is behind the grocery store or any details about what services it would offer. The project does not require a zoning change, which normally would prompt an aldermanic review, and the developer is claiming a non-disclosure agreement prevents it from sharing any information, Vasquez said. Read more HERE

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