Developers are proposing a 20-unit condo development in the 1100 block of Bonnie Brae (right) and will maintain and rehab an existing multi-unit building to the north. | Courtesy AP Architects LLC

Construction of a new 18-unit luxury condominium complex at Thomas Street and Bonnie Brae Place in River Forest got the go-ahead on Nov. 28 following village trustees’ approval of a planned development application for the project.

After more than a year of discussions and meetings, developers of 1101-1111 Bonnie Brae Place can apply for a building permit, village officials said. 

The developer, Art Gurevich, said his team is developing plans and specs to accompany that application and hopes that construction can begin in late spring 2017.  The project should be completed by the end of 2018, Gurevich added. 

By late 2018, the site at 1101-1107 Bonnie Brae, which is now a parking lot, will be a three-story condo building comprising 15 units. A total of 56 parking spaces will be provided on the building’s ground floor and an underground parking area.

An existing six-unit apartment building at 1111 Bonnie Brae will be converted to a three-condo structure, one unit per floor. A new parking garage also will be constructed. It is a vintage building that will be kept as intact as possible, said Lisa Scheiner, River Forest’s assistant village manager. 

Units will range from 1,800 to 3,000 square feet and will list from $860,000 to more than $1 million. The primary market will be empty nesters, Gurevich said. Five units must be under contract before construction can begin; one already is, he added. 

“This had been a long process, but the board and I appreciate you staying the course. It’s a better building for the community,” said Village President Catherine Adduci. “You’re doing it right. We’re pleased to have some new beautiful development in our town.” 

It took more than a year to the project to a vote of village trustees. The project was unveiled to the village board in September 2015 and the River Forest Development Review Board recommended several changes to allay concerns over density and parking. 

Initially the developer wanted 1101-1107 to be a 72-foot, five-floor, 20-unit building that included a community room and rooftop space. That was deemed too dense, so the size of the building was reduced to 50 feet, the rooftop amenities were shelved and the number of units was scaled back from 20 to 15. 

In October, the developer incorporated the subterranean parking before it was formally approved by the Development Review Board. 

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