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Around Rogers Park: After Delays, Tawani Apartment Building to Begin Construction


The ground-breaking ceremony was held this past March. But spring turned into summer, fall and winter, and the 1323 W. Morse Avenue site remained strangely quiet and empty. But now it looks like the proposed development is finally ready to go. The Chicago City Council recently gave its approval, and a $30 million construction permit was issued in early December.

Upon completion, the building will contain 45 one and two-bedroom apartments on the top five floors and 73 parking spaces on floors one through three. Twenty-three of these parking spaces will be designated for “public use.” Additional parking may be opened to the public if the reserved spaces exceed demand from building residents. Amenities will include a roof deck, bicycle parking and an exercise room.

Units will range in size from 620 square feet to 1,100 square feet with monthly rents between $1,100 and $2,000. The development will be 100% market-rate. Despite its location near the Morse Avenue Red Line CTA station, the building will not take advantage of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) zoning bonuses, and will not contain any ground-floor retail. The decision to allow construction with no retail was controversial, but was a condition set forth my Tawani which felt the Morse Avenue location was not strong enough to support a retail component.


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