WIN: After Difficult Negotiations, 1710 W. Lunt Renovation Moving Forward

“A developer is dumping plans to turn a historical-yet-vacant Rogers Park building into a 20-unit complex after efforts to amend the plan to appease the neighboring temple congregation failed.

“Instead of building a 13-unit addition onto the apartment building at 1710 W. Lunt Ave., developer David Gassman will rehab the structure into eight units, Ald. Maria Hadden (49th) said in an email newsletter.

“Gassman earlier this year sought a zoning change to add a rear addition to the Rogers Park apartment building that most recently acted as a sober living house. That plan was vehemently opposed by members of the next door Hare Krishna temple.

“Members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness Chicago had said the addition would reduce the temple’s natural light intake, increase parking issues and potentially create hostilities between congregants and neighbors.

The temple holds services featuring chanting and singing starting as early as 4:30 a.m. and festivals that can last past midnight, congregants said. Neighbors could also disrupt temple worship by throwing parties, playing music or grilling meat. Hare Krishnas practice vegetarianism.

Gassman said the proposed design amendments made the project too costly and may not have satisfied the concerns from the temple.

“It became too expensive,” he said. “We tried. I’m not sure it would appease my neighbors.”

The existing building, built in the 1910s and listed in the city’s historical survey, would be renovated, and an elevator would be added, making all the units accessible, Gassman said. (Ward, Block Club Chicago, 4/19/22)

Read the full story at Block Club Chicago

Rogers Park Development Scrapped After Developer, Alderwoman Can’t Agree On Plan To Coexist With Hare Krishna Temple Next Door; A developer sought to add 13 units to a vacant seven-story Rogers Park building that’s next to the temple. The developer will rehab the existing building and won’t add the additional units, Joe Ward, Block Club Chicago, 4/19/22

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