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Boystown’s Brompton Auto Shop to Become New Preschool

The former auto shop was once eyed to be the second location for West Hollywood’s Abbey bar.

Boystown's Brompton Auto Garage to be turned into a new Chicago Learning Place preschool.
Boystown's Brompton Auto Garage to be turned into a new Chicago Learning Place preschool.

Children’s Learning Place is headed to Boystown, signing a 15-year lease at the former Brompton Body Shop, Chicago Real Estate Daily is reporting.

The more than 12,000-square-foot building at 3532 N. Halsted St. was once eyed by West Hollywood’s most famous nightclub The Abbey, with developers hoping to open a second location in Chicago.

However, after being confronted with extremely high cleanup costs to deal with environmental hazards left behind from the former business, the group momentarily backed away.

Now Children’s Learning Place is planning to invest about $1.5 million to remodel the piece of prime real estate, CRED writes. The school will be open to 140 children with plans to open fall of 2014.

Chicago Learning Place has locations in Logan Square, Bucktown and Streeterville. 

JR August 11, 2013 at 10:44 AM
The only Adult oriented store that needs toned down or at least window treatments is the Dildo shop. Gay or Straight parents you don't want to have to explain to your 2 to 7 year old what they are. Or have your little kid want to go in and look at them then want you to buy him one because of the colors of them and doesn't know what they are. I am ashamed as a GLBT person of people bashing perceived straight people with kids. You know gay couples have children too. And the GLBT community is not responsible for cleaning up East Lakeview. One street didn't clean it all up. It's progress things change and evolve.
gdhpatch August 11, 2013 at 11:51 AM
We in the neighborhood were yelled at to "embrace change". Well, we are.....and this pre-school more than anything else reflects the change that has occurred in the neighborhood. Someone asked, "where's the public outcry?" There wont be any except from those who need to embrace the change themselves.
Roscoe Resident August 25, 2013 at 10:59 PM
There will be problems with a pre-school located there. Remember The Dakota and Circuit? excerpt: Liquor License Restrictions and Special Regulations: Proximity to Churches, Schools, Homes for the Aged, Day Care Centers Licenses for the retail sale of alcoholic liquor will not be issued for establishments within 100 feet of any church (some exceptions to this rule exist pertaining to locations near churches), school (other than an institution of higher learning), hospital, or home for the aged or indigent. In some cases, day care centers may be classified as schools. Distances are measured in several ways: the distance from a church is measured from the property line of the licensed premises to the nearest part of any building used for worship services or educational programs; the distance from a school is measured from the property line of the school to the property line of the premises to be licensed. Streets, alleys and public ways are included in the measurements mentioned above.
Paul T. Rykiel August 26, 2013 at 10:48 AM
it is not that we are not embracing change in the neighborhood... it is where they want to locate a day-care center. Halsted Street is a busy street in the entertainment district, it is unique in that you have so many interesting and provative shops. How are they going to remodel that eyesore of structure, which looks like it is going to crumble to the ground? And what about all of the traffic increase for people dropping off their kids? You people bitch and complain about the traffic one little botique hotel is going to create, which has addressed the problem of traffic by including 30 parking spaces, but what about this? That is my point, and I embrace change, but it is not change if people are trying to supress you or kick you out of your space, to make room for their boring gentrified existence.
Meg Dickson Feldman April 09, 2014 at 12:29 AM
I think this might be a really good thing. It's at the very north end of the block where it's not sitting in the middle of shops/bars, and it's a horrible deteriating structure that, once renovated, will improve the property value of the neighborhood from beautifying it and offering another "early learning academy". As a parent of a 3 yr old, this is big money and draw. My position is, what parent is going to enroll there that isn't already familiar and respectful of the neighborhood? Perhaps I'm naive, but for instance, I live here, am raising my family here, this is our neighborhood, street, parks, grocery that we walk on/to whenever we can, so I'd never expect the neighborhood to change b/c of a small school location and we don't want it to. I'm under the assumption that it's opening is a reflection on the areas open-mindedness and amazing folks Lakeview and boystown is inhabited by. Remember, across the street from this location is a Jewish school. Everyone has lived side by side for years with no censorship type crap needed to coexist. Regarding traffic/pick-up issues, luckily, halsted right there is a bit wider but regardless, these early learning establishments are not 150 kids entering/exiting everyday at the same time. The 150 kids are spread out by days (some go 2 days, 3, or 5) and times (some do half days, some leave at 3, some as late as 6:30). Mornings could be the only time you'd notice it, but Cops will sit in front and make sure parents are in and out during morning rush hour times, they do that at the JCYS on Waveland out of respect for the neighborhood residents. Afternoons/evenings, there might be 10 parents at once picking up. Tops. Finally, with regard to radius of schools to bars, etc, it's obviously not an issue. The Jewish school is right there and has been for years. Neddelhorst is also surrounded by Broadway fun. If there ever were an arguement, it's a private center, no govt, state funding.

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