Community Builders rolls out apartment plan

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

It's been a few weeks since Boston-based developer Community Builders Inc., announced its plan to build a 37-unit affordable apartment building on the empty lot at 801 S. Oak Park Ave.

Oak Parkers will get their first look at the building at a public meeting at the Oak Park Public Library's Maze Branch, 845 Gunderson Ave., on July 12. 

Residents can chat with representatives from the developer from 7 to 7:30 p.m., and the meeting will take place between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Community Builders project manager Kirk Albinson told Wednesday Journal in May that the development will be a mixed-use building, meaning retail will occupy the ground floor. The units will mainly consist of one-bedroom and efficiency apartments, he said.

Tim Inklebarger


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Brian Slowiak  

Posted: July 12th, 2018 9:29 PM

@ Neal Buer: Of all the areas in town with apartment buildings that s/w corner seems, seems to be the least congested parking wise. Of course there is no guarantee with new construction that it will stay that way. Good luck on your fight.

Neal Buer  

Posted: July 12th, 2018 8:21 PM

Brian, I haven't checked, but there are a lot of old apartments on Harrison. I don 't want the area streets flooded with cars.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: July 12th, 2018 7:40 PM

@ Neal Buer: How full is the public lot behind the bank at Oak Park and Harrison? Just asking.

Neal Buer  

Posted: July 12th, 2018 5:23 PM

Even if people work downtown and take the Blue Line, tenants will still have cars. This development should have a minimum of 1 space per unit.

Greg Kolar  

Posted: July 12th, 2018 4:54 PM

The obvious answer to your question Neal is that they would be seeking a variance on the required number of parking spaces. With 37 units they'll ask for a decrease to 65-70% of that number or 24-26 spots.

Ray Traynor  

Posted: July 12th, 2018 4:27 PM

Great question Neal.

Neal Buer  

Posted: July 12th, 2018 4:08 PM

We walked by Tuesday evening. My wife mentioned that she hopes they have adequate parking. Otherwise, our area will be flooded with cars. Assuming that everyone won't have a car because of the Blue Line is faulty reasoning. If it's mixed use, where will the 60 parking places be?

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