Magnolia transit-oriented apartment proposed for Sheridan Park

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Rendering of the Magnolia TOD (Jonathan Splitt Architects)

A single-story commercial building in Sheridan Park at Uptown Chicago may be replaced with a  transit-oriented apartment that will deliver 28 dwellings.

Called by its address of 4600 N. Magnolia Ave., the proposed redevelopment will have five stories housing four studios, four one-bedroom garden apartments and 20 two-bedroom units. No commercial space will be included as the location has a history of failing to support retail.

The building, which will feature front porches, is expected to deliver a total of 25,580 sq.ft. in residential space, with each floor bringing 5,116 sq.ft. The project designer is local firm Jonathan Splitt Architects Ltd.

With a location near the Wilson CTA stop, the Magnolia apartment would feature no on-site parking spaces. Its classification as a transit-oriented development (TOD) would exempt it from city parking requirements.

The project was pitched by developer David Gassman of DLG Construction. He recently earned the support of 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore to transform a 100-year-old commercial building in Rogers Park into transit-oriented apartments.

Since the Magnolia apartment requires a zoning change from B3-3 to B2-3TOD, the proposal must undergo community review. Uptown United has already expressed its support for the Magnolia proposal but Magnolia Malden Neighbors have yet to give feedback.

After soliciting community input, 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman will issue the final decision on the project.

The proposal follows a recent trend of transit-friendly development in the Uptown area. Other similar projects include a 144-unit proposal at 1030 W. Sunnyside Ave. and a 33-unit project at 4400 Sheridan Rd.