Malling the North Side: Addison Park on Clark
This $100 million, mixed-use development is slated to go-up across the street from Wrigley Field, in the heart of the Wrigleyville neighborhood at the intersection of Addison and Clark streets. Current tenants will be forced to move in order to make way for a new eight-story hotel, 135 residential units, national chain stores and other retail space, and 399 underground parking spaces. Some local bar, theater and restaurant owners have lambasted the project, saying it will "suburbanize" the neighborhood. They say Wrigleyville is already hip and cool and this new development could ruin it.
The developer, on the other hand, says this "public transit-oriented and environmentally sensitive development" will "help improve an underutilized, open asphalt parking lot at the center of the neighborhood; widen area sidewalks; increase open and green space; and is projected to create several hundred jobs during construction and ongoing operations." Furthermore, it will "address the critical need for modern hotel space" in the area, according to the developer's website. After early renderings were criticized, the developer altered the design and reduced the height of the buildings, but the Chicago Tribune's architecture critic Blair Kamin says it's still "no design home run."
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