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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.


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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