It’s been over two years since the Oak Park Board of Trustees approved a mixed-use development on an empty lot near the intersection of South Boulevard and Oak Park Avenue.

But construction workers have finally broken ground at 717 South Blvd., where the developer plans a 5-story, 14-unit condo building with ground-level retail and 20 private enclosed ground-level parking spots.

Developers Arthur Gurevich and Mark Boldun could not immediately be reached for comment. Architect John Schiess declined to comment.

It’s been over two years since the South Boulevard project was approved, but developers Gurevich and Bodun applied for and were granted an extension in August 2018.

A letter to the village from Gurevich noted that the extension was necessary because of delays in getting drawings from the project engineer, among other challenges.

“If all of the issues were successfully resolved in the near future, we still would not be able to get the building permit and break ground before the September 6 deadline,” Gurevich wrote last year. “Another factor is the time of the year. With the inclement weather and the winter months approaching, we may not be able to break ground on the project until sometime in March of 2019.”

Oak Park Chief Building Official Steve Cutaia said in a telephone interview that little has changed with the proposal from when it was approved in 2017.

He said a timeline for the project is not required as part of the permitting process, but he speculated that a project of its size would typically take eight months to a year to complete.

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