|Vacant lots on Damen, looking southeast.|
The lots have long been an eyesore since another eyesore -a beat up commercial strip mall- had been torn down over 4 years ago. The original developer way back planned a 14 unit condo building from what I heard.
The new owner and developer of the lots sent along this photo below of the type of buildings he plans to construct on the lots...I believe there would be three buildings.
|This is an existing project by Candea development...similar buildings could find a home on Damen.|
This Damen location in Ravenswood is a great candidate for continued condo and apartment density now that we see the real estate market settling a bit. Already an established community with great amenities...the Damen Brown Line is a couple blocks away, Ravenswood Metra stop a few blocks, a brand new Mariano's Fresh Market in development a couple blocks east, close to the Lincoln Square retail/ restaurant strip, Winnemac Park and new, high-end Lycee Francais school in development a few blocks south.
Below are some examples of existing condo developments along the block...some re-sales less pummeled by the market than others.
The CTA Brown Line is in site along with several convenient amenities like an Budacki's (for Italian Beef!) Crystal Cleaners, Bagel on Damen, Thai restaurants, coffee shops, brunch joints, CVS (yes CVS!), grocery, tailors, hair salons, phone and electronics stores, a Sears store etc.. And, this stretch of Damen Avenue maintains a more residential feel rather than commercial.
|The CTA Brown Line is close, but not TOO close.|