Demonstration permits make way for Lincoln Avenue apartments

3914 N. Lincoln Ave (Architects + Space Planners, Getty)

A new mixed-use development is coming to a Lincoln Avenue site near downtown Chicago, though its developer Longford Construction must clear the site of an existing building first.

The company took a step in that direction when the city granted demolition permits to Longford to remove four structures at 3914-3930 North Lincoln Avenue, Urbanizing Chicago reported. The new five-story, 68-unit development will occupy a parcel facing Lincoln and Damen Avenues.

The project will bring 68 residential units and 7,500 square feet of ground-floor retail to the city’s north-central location, just south of West Irving Park Road. The commercial portion will have entrances on Lincoln and Damen avenues. It is designed by SPACE Architects + Planners.

To make the project more sustainable, the developer approved a design that makes the building 10% more energy efficient than required by city code and 25% more efficient for stormwater drainage. Longford also plans to incorporate measures that would reduce its water usage by 25% compared to similar buildings designed to city code, and make half of the roof green with plantings.

Seven of the residential units will be marketed as affordable housing for residents who earn 30% of the area’s median income. These units will be two and three bedroom floor plans. In addition, the project will also have a Divvy bike station on Damen where renters without a car will receive a free one-year subscription.

General contractor Precision Excavating can now begin the demolition process to make way for new construction. When the project was first planned, construction was supposed to start in July 2022, but with the delay, the planned completion date of December 2023 could be pushed back.

Other Longford projects underway include a 32-unit Uptown project at 4453 North Hazel Street due for completion next year, as well as a 14-unit condo project at 4537 North Clark Street slated for completion in April, according to its website.

Victoria Pruitt