• As Parking Fight Risks Derailing Lincoln Square Affordable Housing Project, Residents Call For Compr

    by Alex V. Hernandez / Block Club Chicago / April 15, 2022

    The project at Western and Leland has been controversial among neighbors who want affordable housing at a city-owned lot and those who want to preserve public parking in a busy shopping district.

    LINCOLN SQUARE — How much parking does Lincoln Square’s business district need?

    That question is at the center of a debate between Ald. Matt Martin and the city’s planning and housing departments, as plans for a proposed affordable housing complex at 4715 N. Western Ave. stall.

    Developer Community Builders won highly competitive tax credits in December for a five-story building with 51 affordable apartments and 5,000 square feet of ground-floor retail at the city-owned parking lot across from the CTA’s Western Brown Line station.

    While the city’s departments of Housing and Planning approved an early version of the developer’s proposal, officials said that was just a starting point — and the project would need to scrap quite a few public parking spots to secure the funds. Read more HERE

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