In Logan Square, there are relatively few development opportunities to be found. Having been so well-established for decades, the neighborhood has few vacant properties and even less vacant land. So it should come as no surprise that a couple of developers looking to construct multi-unit developments find themselves having to demolish a couple of older buildings in order to accomplish the task at hand.
First, we look at the northwest corner of 21st & Race, where a former School District building is nearly gone. This structure had been a part of the Please Touch Museum, which moved to Memorial Hall a few years ago, but has sat vacant since the move. Last September, we told you about plans from Matzi Builder and Developers to build eight new ultra-high-end homes here, with list prices exceeding $1M. We don’t know what the homes will look like, but we suspect they’ll be an improvement over the building that’s coming down.
Meanwhile, a mere block away, another demolition is underway. A former parking lot at 206-12 N. 22nd St. will soon be eliminated and replaced with five new town homes. We last checked in on this project back in November, when we told you that a new developer had come into the picture after neighbors protested a different developer’s plan for six homes at this site.
We’re fairly certain that the new developer is Michael Carosella, the guy who’s built a collection of high-end homes in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood in the last couple of years. We haven’t seen renderings for this project, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see homes that look a little like those at 20th & Fitzwater.
As you surely expect, we’ll keep an eye on these projects and bring you some updates once they break ground.