New side-yard homes sought


The 41st Ward Zoning Advisory Board at its meeting today, Feb. 4, will discuss a plan to build single-family homes on an approximately 16,000-square-foot side yard at the southwest corner of Avondale and Nickerson avenues in the Norwood Park Circle.

Plans call for the construction of two or three single-family homes on the side yard, which has the same owner as the adjacent 126-year-old frame home at 6208 N. Avondale Ave., according to Alderman Mary O’Connor’s chief of staff Lisa Ryan. The Cook County Assessor’s Office lists the two properties as having the same address but different property index numbers.

Plans call for the homes to be constructed under the site’s RS-2 zoning of the site, which is for single-family homes, Ryan said. The property is in the Norwood Park Historical District.

The project also would meet the requirements of the Norwood Park Special Character Overlay District, which was created to preserve the historical district, Ryan said. The overlay places additional restrictions on the size of buildings and minimum lot areas than typically allowed under RS-2.

Since a zoning change is not being requested for the project, the advisory board will not be asked to vote on the proposal, but the developer has agreed to take into consideration comments by board members, Ryan said. The board, which consists of architects and representatives of community organizations, makes recommendations to O’Connor on zoning issues.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Olympia Park fieldhouse, 6566 N. Avondale Ave. At its Jan. 7 meeting, the board discussed a proposed four-flat at 6686 N. Olympia Ave., but revisions to that project have not been submitted and it is not on the agenda, Ryan said.