2-story medical complex planned for parking lot on Milwaukee at 6 Corners, across from 10-story project
by BRIAN NADIG
A two-story medical complex is planned for the site of a longtime parking lot at 3936-44 N. Milwaukee Ave., across from a new 10-story development already under construction at Six Corners.
The parking lot, where employees for the former Bank of America at 4747 W. Irving Park Road parked, has been underutilized for decades. The former bank building site at Irving Park Road and Milwaukee Avenue is where Ryan Companies is constructing the 10-story Clarendale senior living structure.
A construction permit for the medical office building has been pending since March with the city Department of Buildings. The permit application states that the project, which does not require a zoning change, would include a new parking lot and landscaping, but additional details were not available.
The project’s developer is GW Properties, which also is seeking to build a new retail-residential center, with an Amazon Fresh grocery store as its anchor, on the nearby former Peoples Gas site at 3955 N. Kilpatrick Ave. Several community groups have voiced opposition to the Kilpatrick proposal, arguing for a more pedestrian-friendly development with apartments above the commercial buildings instead of only in a separate all-residential building as proposed.
The two-story medical project comes at a time when several large developments are in the works for the Six Corners area.
In addition to the redevelopment of the bank and Peoples Gas sites, Northwestern Medical Group is planning to build a six-level facility (four floors above ground and two below) at 4441 W. Irving Park Road, and the Chicago Plan Commission at its Aug. 26 meeting is expected to approve a six-story, mixed-use development (207 apartments, 275 parking spaces and a possible Target store) on the former Sears site at 4712-38 W. Irving Park Road.
Also, there are reports that apartments are being considered for the site where two buildings recently were demolished at 4029 and 4033 N. Milwaukee Ave. following a partial roof collapse.
Also in development news, an Aldi grocery store has been announced for the south portion of the Clarendale senior living site in a one-story stand-alone building, but the company recently issued the following statement when asked if an Aldi would be opening there as planned:
“At this time, we do not have any information to share about a potential Aldi store opening on North Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago. As soon as there are any updates regarding Aldi stores in the Chicago area, we will reach out,” said Aldi Batavia Division vice president Laura Branneman.