THREATENED: 90-Day Demolition Delay List

The Demolition Delay Ordinance, adopted by City Council in 2003, establishes a hold of up to 90 days in the issuance of any demolition permit for certain historic buildings in order that the Department of Planning and Development can explore options, as appropriate, to preserve the building, including but not limited to Landmark designation.

The ordinance applies to buildings rated red and orange in the Chicago Historic Resources Survey (CHRS), but it should be modified to include all buildings included in the survey. These buildings are designated on the city’s zoning map. The delay period starts at the time the permit application is presented to the department’s Historic Preservation Division offices and can be extended beyond the original 90 days by mutual agreement with the applicant. The purpose of the ordinance is to ensure that no important historic resource can be demolished without consideration as to whether it should and can be preserved.

Preservation Chicago is advocating to extend the existing Demolition Delay Ordinance to at least 180 days or longer, in order to create the time community members, stakeholders, decision makers, and elected officials need to conduct robust discussions regarding the fate of these historic buildings and irreplaceable Chicago assets. The support of the Mayor and City Council is necessary to advance this effort.

Address: 3920-3922 N. Lincoln Ave. North Center
Date Received: 08/18/2022
Ward: 47th Ald. Matt Martin
Applicant: Longford Design, Development + Construction C/O Brian Connolly
Owner: 3914 N. Lincoln
Permit Description: Demolition of a three-story masonry building.
Status: Released 08/24/2022
2109 W. Wilson Ave., Ravenswood. Photo Credit: Google Maps



Address: 3418 W. Jackson Blvd., Garfield Park
Date Received: 08/10/2022
Ward: 28th Ald. Jason C. Ervin
Applicant: Alliance Demolition and Evacuation Services, Inc.
Owner: City of Chicago
Permit Description: Wreck and remove a three-story, masonry residential building and garage.
Status: Released 08/11/2022 [Per an Administrative Order issued by the Department of Buildings to address dangerous and hazardous conditions.]
3418 W. Jackson Blvd., Garfield Park. Photo Credit: Google Maps

Address: 3246 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, North Park
Date Received: 07/05/2022
Ward: 39th Ward Ald. Samantha Nugent
Applicant: Hanna Architects, Inc.
Owner: 3244-50 Bryn Mawr, LLC C/O Igor Michin
Permit Description: Partial demolition of an existing 1-story commercial building with a new 4-story addition.
Status: Released 08/11/2022 [Per an Administrative Order issued by the Department of Buildings to address dangerous and hazardous conditions.]
3246 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, North Park Photo credit: Ward Miller / Preservation Chicago

Address: 1535 N. Maplewood Avenue, Wicker Park
Date Received: 07/01/2022
Ward: 1st Ward Ald. Daniel La Spata
Applicant: IR Design Firm, Inc. C/O Hemal Purohit
Owner: 1535 N. Maplewood Apartments, LLC C/O Gregory M. Fordon, Jr.
Permit Description: Partial demolition of a masonry two-flat to accommodate a new one-story rooftop addition.
Status: Released 07/28/2022
1535 N. Maplewood Avenue, Wicker Park. Photo credit: Google Maps

Address: 1909 N. Orchard Street, Old Town
Date Received: 06/10/2022
Ward: 43rd Ward Ald. Michele Smith
Applicant: Quality Excavation, Inc. C/O Grainne Keane
Owner: GrowCor, LLC C/O Charles Grode
Permit Description: Wreck and removal of a 2.5-story, masonry, multi-family residential building.
Status: Released 07/28/2022
1909 N. Orchard Street, Old Town. Photo Credit: Google Maps

Address: 1325 W. Carmen Avenue, Andersonville
Date Received: 05/17/2022
Ward: 47th Ald. Matt Martin
Applicant: Demox, Inc. C/O Vitalii Grygorashchujk
Owner: Jerald and Pamela Kreis
Permit Description: Wreck and removal of a 2-1/2 story frame residential building.
Status: Released 08/16/2022
1325 W. Carmen Avenue, Andersonville. Photo Credit: Redfin

1325 W Carmen Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Sale Status: Contingent

“DEVELOPER ALERT! ATTENTION DEVELOPERS, INVESTORS AND REHABBERS! Unique and Exceptional opportunity on one of the best blocks in the area. Coveted 40×136, RT-4 zoning, in exceptional residential area. Outdated property best suited for teardown or rehab project. Bring your ideas to transform this vintage home with incredible potential, or tear down and build a multi-unit condo development. Originally built as a three-unit, property was converted into single-family home. The home’s current condition needs updating and repairs throughout. SOLD AS-IS.”
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Address: New Devon Theater / Assyrian American, 1618 W. Devon Ave., Rogers Park
Date Received: 12/3/2021
Ward: 40th Ald. Andre Vasquez
Applicant: Alpine Demolition Services, LLC
Owner: Doris Eneamokwu
Permit Description: Opening of closed existing windows, install new window frame and glazing, repair existing glazed brick as needed (tuckpointing) [removal of ornamental masonry panel]
Status: Under review
Decorative Terra Cotta Ornament Stripped from New Devon Theater / Assyrian American Association on September 2, 2021. New Devon Theater, 1912, Henry J. Ross, 1618 W. Devon Avenue. Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Belli @bellisaurius

“As of September 2, 2021 it seems that the beautiful terra cotta face that has looked down over Devon Avenue for more than 100 years is no more. No one is quite sure what happened, but there was scaffolding on the building and someone was chipping away at it in the morning, and it was gone by the afternoon. And the Assyrian American Association name is no longer on the building either.

“The New Devon Theater, with its distinctively austere glazed block façade featuring a large arch and a large bust of a woman’s face, was built in 1912, and was quickly eclipsed by the nearby Ellantee Theater. It disappears from news listings after October, 1917.

“By 1923 it had been converted to a Ford dealership. By 1936 it had become an American Legion hall. In the 1950s it operated as a radio and TV store. Since 1963, it has served Chicago’s Assyrian community as the home of the Assyrian American Association of Chicago.” Cinema

Historical Terra Cotta Removed And Thrown Out From Protected Rogers Park Building, Leading To Stop Work Order; City officials say workers removed historical façade features from the 1912 movie house at 1618 W. Devon Ave. without proper permits. The new owner said she didn’t know it was protected, Joe Ward, Block Club Chicago, 10/28/21


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