Architect John Schiess got a green light last week to build a 4-story, 18-townhome courtyard building at 6606 W. Roosevelt Road, once home to Williams Awning.

The project would be the second major residential new construction on the corridor since Oak Park-based kma Development’s 54-unit, residential-only, condominium building Prairie Place, 6440 W. Roosevelt, hit the market in March.

Schiess designed the project for Oak Park contractor and developer Jonathan Shack, the property’s owner.

Each of the 2,800-square-foot townhouses will offer a two-car garage and family room; second-floor living room, dining room and kitchen; two bedrooms on the third floor, and a fourth floor with a room that may be used as an office or third bedroom. The fourth-floor design offers a roof deck, too, according to testimony given to the Plan Commission.

Ingress/egress to and from the east-west-oriented courtyard building will be on Clarence Avenue.

The typical unit will be priced at approximately $369-$389,000, and will garner an estimated $7,380 in property taxes.

Wednesday Journal reported in March that at kma’s Prairie Place, the more expensive 2-bedroom units priced near $285,000 sold faster than 1-bedroom units, aimed at first-time buyers and starting around $185,000.

The Plan Commission liked the way Schiess’ proposed design would bring vitality to Roosevelt Road businesses, while providing a “buffer” between the commercial district and single-family homes to the north.

The project received seven variances for use, lot coverage and setbacks.

?#34;Drew Carter

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