After hosting a community meeting in June, Alderman Hopkins has announced his decision to deny the zoning change proposed at 1542 N. Wells. Fronting N. Wells St, the project site is a 50-foot-wide lot with no alley access. Proposed by Zach Waickman of GLP, the site is currently occupied by a one-story building and a two-story building.
With UrbanWorks in charge of the design, the five-story building was designed to fit into the neighborhood character, sporting a dark gray brick facade, topped with a dark metal cornice and articulated with a dark stone base. Punched windows openings interrupted the masonry on the upper residential floors, while a glass storefront system enclosed the ground-floor retail space. A line of balconies was inset into the street-facing facade for select units in the building.
The preliminary design called for 16 residential units on the upper floors, with four rental apartments per level. The unit mix consisted of 8 one-bedrooms measuring 675 square feet and 8 two-bedrooms measuring 900 square feet. The four two-bedroom units facing the street would have had the select units with balconies. With the structure topping