Six months after its proposal for a mid-sized development on the site of Chicago’s one-time “punk rock donut shop” raised height concerns, developer BlitzLake Capital Partners has scaled back its plans. Now the mixed-use development at the corner of Belmont and Clark in the Lakeview neighborhood is hoping for eight stories instead of 11.
BlitzLake bought the property at 3200 N. Clark St. about one year ago, hiring architects Hirsch Associates to design apartment and retail space for the busy intersection. The Belmont ‘El’ station just down the street sees more than 40 million passengers every year. DNAinfo Chicago reported the new proposal, which goes before a community meeting on May 14 (at 6 p.m. at the Town Hall Police District Community Room, 850 W. Addison Ave.), is three stories shorter and includes just 39 parking spaces—44 percent less than originally proposed. Its original incarnation was taller, boxier and more modern in its aesthetic, but the developer revised plans in favor of a “flatiron” style building for the corner, pointing to landmarks in Uptown and Wicker Park as exemplars of the form.