POTENTIAL WIN: After Suspected Arson, 6540 N. Glenwood Could be Redeveloped With Additional Affordable Rental Units

“A Glenwood Avenue building damaged in a suspicious fire could be redeveloped, with some affordable units added, if a rezoning is granted.

“The property at 6540 N. Glenwood Ave. is a four-story brick building formerly with 33 units that was severely damaged in a fire in 2021, displacing all 36 building residents. The building owner, David Kamish, said a tenant started the blaze, which the Fire Department deemed suspicious.

“A rezoning is needed to rebuild from the fire because the building, which regularly rented to low-income renters, was previously ‘downzoned,’ Ald. Maria Hadden (49th) said at a recent community meeting. Rebuilding the complex would make it non-conforming with its zoning, requiring the proposed rezoning.

“Kamish also plans to add five affordable units to the building, a city requirement for buildings that receive a rezoning. The new units will be added to ground floor and the basement level of the building, Laszlo Simovic, an architect working closely with Kamish, said at a community meeting last week.

“‘There’s a lot of storage and amenity space on the ground floor,’ Simovic said. ‘And unfortunately, at the time they couldn’t maximize it. We’ll have five new units, and so we’ll consolidate into a much smaller utilitarian area offering laundry services, the hot water heater and an existing chimney in place.’

“The property owner is also asking for city permission to reduce the required parking spots under the new zoning classification to zero and eliminate the rear yard open space requirement. The building will have 38 units if the zoning proposal is accepted.

“The rehabbed building will be market rate except for the five required affordable units, but Kamish said he would still like to welcome subsidized renters under more stringent conditions.

“‘We are committed to helping people in the community get affordable housing, but we have to be very careful about who we let in the building, because we can’t let this happen again,’ Kamish said at the meeting.

“Hadden’s office is accepting feedback on the proposed rezoning before deciding whether to support the proposal.” (Thrush, Block Club Chicago, 12/20/23)

Read the full story at Block Club Chicago

Rogers Park Building, Damaged In Fire, Could Be Redeveloped With Added Affordable Units; The building was set ablaze by a disgruntled tenant in 2021 and has been vacant since. It could be rehabbed as market-rate apartments with five affordable units added, Charles Thrush, Block Club Chicago, 12/20/23

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