Community Builders rolls out apartment plan

July 10th, 2018 3:35 PM

By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

It's been a few weeks since Boston-based developer Community Builders Inc., announced its plan to build a 37-unit affordable apartment building on the empty lot at 801 S. Oak Park Ave.

Oak Parkers will get their first look at the building at a public meeting at the Oak Park Public Library's Maze Branch, 845 Gunderson Ave., on July 12. 

Residents can chat with representatives from the developer from 7 to 7:30 p.m., and the meeting will take place between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Community Builders project manager Kirk Albinson told Wednesday Journal in May that the development will be a mixed-use building, meaning retail will occupy the ground floor. The units will mainly consist of one-bedroom and efficiency apartments, he said.

Tim Inklebarger


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  • Brian Slowiak (Facebook Verified)

    Posted: July 12th, 2018 9:29 PM

    @ Neal Buer: Of all the areas in town with apartment buildings that s/w corner seems, seems to be the least congested parking wise. Of course there is no guarantee with new construction that it will stay that way. Good luck on your fight.

  • Neal Buer (Facebook Verified)

    Posted: July 12th, 2018 8:21 PM

    Brian, I haven't checked, but there are a lot of old apartments on Harrison. I don 't want the area streets flooded with cars.

  • Brian Slowiak (Facebook Verified)

    Posted: July 12th, 2018 7:40 PM

    @ Neal Buer: How full is the public lot behind the bank at Oak Park and Harrison? Just asking.

  • Neal Buer (Facebook Verified)

    Posted: July 12th, 2018 5:23 PM

    Even if people work downtown and take the Blue Line, tenants will still have cars. This development should have a minimum of 1 space per unit.

  • Greg Kolar (Facebook Verified)

    Posted: July 12th, 2018 4:54 PM

    The obvious answer to your question Neal is that they would be seeking a variance on the required number of parking spaces. With 37 units they'll ask for a decrease to 65-70% of that number or 24-26 spots.

  • Ray Traynor (Facebook Verified)

    Posted: July 12th, 2018 4:27 PM

    Great question Neal.

  • Neal Buer (Facebook Verified)

    Posted: July 12th, 2018 4:08 PM

    We walked by Tuesday evening. My wife mentioned that she hopes they have adequate parking. Otherwise, our area will be flooded with cars. Assuming that everyone won't have a car because of the Blue Line is faulty reasoning. If it's mixed use, where will the 60 parking places be?

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