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Developer converting old Lincoln Park garage into 10-unit condo development

Chicago has issued a $5 million building permit to developer Todd Buffington to convert an old vacant parking garage at 2035 N Orleans St. in Lincoln Park into a five-story, 10-unit condo project.

Crain’s Chicago Business has reported that Buffington works with Robert Kroupa, whose Clark Orleans Holdings purchased the building for $4 million last February, according to the Cook County Recorder of Deeds.

The architect on the building permit is Lewis E. Wilson, a principal of Sullivan, Goulette & Wilson Architects.

The project’s general contractor is Baglio Enterprises Ltd. Subtrades include: Electrical – Exter Electric Co., Inc.; masonry – Ace Construction Corp.; plumbing – OG Plumbing; heating, cooling, refrigeration ventilation – OK Heating and Cooling.

A Google Street View perspective of the site.

Crain’s reported that the old garage dates to the 1930s, according to Eugene Fu, the @properties agent representing the condo project.

The garage, whose Orleans Street facade is brick and Clark Street facade is limestone, is three stories tall, and the insertion would be five. That would make the new, glassy section appear to be a taller neighbor behind the old building—much as the 71-story Legacy Tower downtown appears to stand behind older buildings on Wabash Avenue while it actually rises from inside their exterior walls.

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