Proposed 10-Story Tower Detailed at Belmont and Clark (PHOTO)

The glass structure would have three levels of retail space and nearly 100 apartments at the busy Lake View corner where Dunkin Donuts sits.

10-story tower at Belmont and Clark, designed by Hirch Associates LLC | Credit: Ald. Tom Tunney's Website
10-story tower at Belmont and Clark, designed by Hirch Associates LLC | Credit: Ald. Tom Tunney's Website
Developers behind a 10-story glass tower in Lake View are coming forward with new details, outlining their proposal for nearly 100 apartments and a potential grocery store.

The retail and residential building is pegged for 3200 N. Clark St. at the corner of Belmont Avenue. Proposed by BlitzLake, the estimated $50 million tower would force out Taboo Tabou, cigar shop Blue Havana and storefront Architectural Revolution.

All three are owned by Mark Thomas who announced Monday he plans to run for alderman of the 44th ward.

The detailed plans, posted on Ald. Tom Tunney’s (44th) website, show the more than 250,000-square-foot building with almost 100 apartment units and 56,000-square feet of retail space. That’s combined with almost 120 parking spaces.

BlizLake, which also purchased the former J. Toguri Mercantile store across the street, paid $5.5 million for the 23,000-square-foot series of property, which includes Dunkin Donuts. Several retailers are already in talks with the company to be new tenants.

A grocery, however, is reportedly targeted to be the anchor tenant in the new development. The basement level, first and second floors make up the retail space, with nearly 20,000-square-feet in the basement alone.

Apartments are projected to consist of 28 studio units, 39 one-bedrooms, six one-bedrooms with an adjacent study area and 25 two-bedroom units. The building will also have amenities like a party room, fitness center, green roof, terrace and bike storage, plans show.

Parking would be on the third, fourth and fifth floors, above the retail spaces.

Such a drastic change in zoning would need the proper approvals, as well as input from neighborhood groups. Because of its location, three organizations with the Lake View Citizens’ Council—Hawthorne Neighbors, Central Lake View Neighbors and Triangle Neighbors—would weigh in.

JR September 30, 2013 at 05:42 PM
That's great for the neighborhood. And a great design.
Jackie E. September 30, 2013 at 05:52 PM
I'd love to see a Plum Market go in there...
Robert Salm September 30, 2013 at 05:53 PM
"Parking would be on the third, fourth and fifth floors, above the retail spaces." Keep this parking podium shit downtown or in the River North area where people are too lazy to walk or bike. This whole catastrophe is over scale, not in context with the other buildings in the neighborhood and has way too much parking allowed (ancillary, especially, since the residential portion only has 100 units). Must every new project in Chicago now look like a suburban office development? Too boxy, too glassy and little decorative detailing. Plus, does anyone see a tree or any decorative planting planned along the streetscape? Take this shit back to Schaumburg or Oakbrook Terrace where people run around in gas guzzlers and don't care about the urban fabric of old neighborhoods.
Jason Steele September 30, 2013 at 05:59 PM
This is okay but a 5 story Hotel on Halsted is a Behemoth?
Chicago Mark September 30, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Good news if your trying to sell several properties along Belmont between Clark and the EL. Ummmm, anyone anyone????? Wonder how our alderman will proceed?
Jeff Friedman September 30, 2013 at 06:02 PM
This is great news! I used to think this area was cool in it's gritty, edgy ways. But now I think it's a magnet for robbery, drug users, and prostitution. My hope is that with higher volumes of people residing in this immediate area, the criminal opportunists will find quieter areas to lurk. (Safety in numbers) The grocery store is a bonus, although I'm not sure I need another grocery store near me.
Link N. Parker September 30, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Where are the thugs at in the picture? Without the thugs beating people up and robbing their iphone, then fleeing towards the EL line, its not a realistic drawing.
gdhpatch September 30, 2013 at 06:22 PM
"This is okay but a 5 story Hotel on Halsted is a Behemoth?"-----No 5 story hotel was proposed for Halsted. The proposed Out Hotel was 8 stories with a ridiculous cantilever. This building seems a little too big, but at least it has integrity.
Jamie Shelton September 30, 2013 at 06:44 PM
While I am for positive commercial & residential development in Lakeview, I am completely against the design of this particular development. Ten floors is entirely too tall for a building set at what is arguably Lakeview's most congested corner. The design is little more than a sterile glass box, completely out of sync & in conflict with the surrounding architecture. Also, the fact that the design is not set back from the corner in any way adds a visual sense of density to an already dense environment, instead of the sense of spacial comfort that is badly needed at that intersection, & in Lakeview in general. While Lakeview could certainly use another major grocer, I'm not so sure a corner as congested as Clark & Belmont is necessarily the best location for one. While I won't go so far as Robert Salm to declare this a "catastrophe," I'm sure that a truly talented architect could design a multi-purpose structure that architecturally integrates itself into the surrounding neighborhood & provides a pleasant curbside environment without surrendering significant square footage. This article states that Mark Thomas, the owner of this parcel, plans to run for Alderman of the 44th ward. I cannot recall (current) Alderman Tom Tunney proposing anything of this nature & scale beyond the immediate vacinity of Wrigley Field. The fact that Mr. Thomas seems to be ok with even presenting this design as a possibility for that neighborhood brings his suitability as 44th ward Alderman into serious question for me.
Lee Crandell September 30, 2013 at 08:37 PM
This kind of density and a grocery store would be great for this corner, but that architecture could be more sensitive to its surroundings, and 120 parking spaces is way too much. This is right by the train in a very walkable neighborhood with high foot traffic. The developer should use the full parking exemption allowed under the transit oriented development ordinance, and look to the mid-rise development at Division/Ashland, which has no parking, as an example. Bringing in more people would be good for the neighborhood, but bringing in more cars would not be. I'd also like to see a small public plaza on the corner to preserve some of the breathing room on the street and give people a place to relax -- maybe our neighborhood should ask for that to offset the increased density allowance.
BigDavidO October 01, 2013 at 08:02 AM
What a difference it makes when a large corporate development that has no architectural links to the neighborhood is proposed that will benefit our elected representative(s) vs. a much smaller hotel that will increase the visibility of Boystown and perhaps benefit the entire community is proposed and flatly rejected even after multiple neighborhood meetings and redesigns to accommodate its neighbors! This sterile, 10 story, $50 million corporate back office style building belongs near O'Hare and not in the middle of Lakeview. I have to cross that intersection several times a day, and it is crowded enough now to make it difficult to get across before the light changes, let alone when this building makes the sidewalk much narrower and adds hundreds of residents to the immediate neighborhood. The timing and source of this announcement and the recent opening of a mini Dunkin Donuts in the Belmont CTA station suggests that the decision has already been made to move ahead with this plan, the objections and opinions of its neighbors be damned! Alderman Tunney and your hand picked successor should be ashamed of leaving this monstrosity behind as your final legacy to the community that has supported you and elected you all these years.
gdhpatch October 01, 2013 at 08:57 AM
BigDavidO: to be clear, it was not the hotel that was rejected. The hotel's proposed building was rejected - clearly too big for the location and poor cantilever design. If you don't like this building, organize your neighbors to force changes or rejection like Belmont Harbor Neighbors did. Both developments are welcome, but we want them to enhance the neighborhood with their architecture, location, density, services, etc. Developers can't come in and put up anything they want. Don't assume it's a done deal.
JR October 01, 2013 at 09:12 AM
The OUT hotel was rejected for numerous reasons. But the primary reason was the developer never owned or had a legitimate contract on the property where he was proposing to build it. And he had no financing in place to build what he was proposing. With this proposed development the developer does actually own all the property where he is proposing this building.
Charlie Garrido October 01, 2013 at 09:42 AM
I LOVE LOVE it! Build it! Bigger, Better and they will come. I love the economics, it will create jobs, increase the tax base and elevate property values. If you guys don't like it PLEASE move to Uptown or beyond!!
Chicago Mark October 01, 2013 at 10:24 AM
Right if you don't like it move. Never mind if you've lived here 15+ years like myself. Many folks much longer I'm sure. Just shut up and accept the change I suppose is the "thought".
Chicago Mark October 01, 2013 at 10:30 AM
And if you think increased density of people/buildings will eleviate crime well.....wrong.
Brendan Dickus October 01, 2013 at 11:55 AM
From Thomas's LinkedIn profile: "Entrepreneur traveling world wide to merchandise THE ALLEY STORES CHICAGO. Board member Local First Chicago, advocate for local businesses." "world wide merchandise" = NON-local. I don't care if you're not a "corporate chain" - if your merchandise is not locally sourced, then you're just blowing smoke when you call yourself a "localist".
crazyforQuinoa October 01, 2013 at 04:50 PM
This is a horrible rendering! No thugs, homeless, divvy bike racks depicted!!!
tg October 01, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Yeah, people in the belmont and clark neighborhood all the way to lsd have been there for years, 40 50 years. you can't tell them to move. you could tell people in the west loop to move. but i like the project at clark and belmont. or something similar. it's good for chicago.
VM October 06, 2013 at 06:40 PM
This is sad, the last gasps of Lake View. This developer will likely go bankrupt/go to jail before the building goes up, anyway, so here's hoping for that.
Nonny Mousse October 09, 2013 at 12:00 PM
it might block the view of some of the people across from the building which might be a problem for them.


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