• Plan To Bring Amazon Fresh To Lincoln Square’s Fifth Third Bank Building Dead, Alderman Says

    by Alex V. Hernandez / Block Club Chicago / September 26, 2022

    A lack of transparency surrounding the development at 4800 N. Western Ave. kept the ward’s community zoning process from moving forward. Last month, the deal was scrapped.

    LINCOLN SQUARE — A controversial plan to bring an Amazon Fresh grocery store to a prime Lincoln Square intersection is dead after a deal between the developer and property owner fell through, according to Ald. Andre Vasquez (40th).

    Vasquez first notified neighbors in early 2021 about developer Hubbard Street Group pursuing a two-story development at Fifth Third Bank’s 4800 N. Western Ave. property that would have featured a first floor grocery store.

    The developer would not disclose the name of the store, which upset local residents. Finally, when Vasquez threatened to downzone the property, Hubbard confirmed to the alderman’s officer that the mystery grocer was indeed Amazon.

    But Hubbard still wasn’t able to answer additional questions about Amazon Fresh’s plans in the neighborhood because of a non-disclosure agreement, Vasquez said. Read more HERE

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