Schiess plans 6-story mixed-use building for Madison

? Plans for Sears Pharmacy building have not been developed yet.

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By DREW CARTER

John Schiess and Oak Park Development Group are poised to bring another mixed-use development to the Planned Development process in Oak Park, this time with a six-story condo, retail and parking building at 827 Madison St.

Sketches of the proposed building, presented last week at a Historic Preservation Commission meeting, show a six-story building with first-floor retail, below-grade parking and five floors of one- and two-bedroom condominiums.

Three tones of brick compose a tri-part facade, with each part further divvied into three, echoing some of the details of the Offset Press building it would replace. Recesses in the facade allow for non-projecting balconies.

Schiess said the design trumps that of a nearby assisted living residence for seniors.

"I think we're setting the tone for Madison," Schiess said. "We're taking the bar and setting it high."

At grade level, the building would offer two retail spaces, sized roughly 4,000 and 2,000 square feet, along with parking and ramp access to additional below-grade parking. The building would span about 75 feet across two lots along Madison.

The second property is currently used as a parking lot for Leona's Restaurant, 848 Madison St., on the opposite, or north, side of the street.

Schiess said at the meeting that he has an agreement with the restaurant to redo its space across the street to include on-site parking. He would not comment further after the meeting.

Schiess showed the commission his drawings, which he expects to submit to the village next week, to solicit feedback. The building is not in a historic district, nor is it considered a historically contributing structure.

Commissioners asked how the building would fit into Madison Street, to which Schiess said the mixed-use design conforms with historical use on the thoroughfare, and that adding density to Madison was called for in a village-funded study of the corridor. That study also called for first-floor commercial spaces in "nodes" near major intersections.

Commissioners said that with development headed to Madison, they should become proactive in identifying any structures that should be made landmarks.

Alex Troyanovsky, the primary financial interest in Oak Park Development Group, also owns 801 Madison St., the Sears Pharmacy building, and the parcels west to 811 Madison St. Schiess said the development would come in two phases, as they have not been able to acquire the title or rights to a parking lot owned by Comcast that bifurcates the developer's string from 801 to 827 Madison.

CONTACT: dcarter@wjinc.com

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