Around Rogers Park: Alderman Considers Redevelopment Plans for the Lerner Site on Howard Street


Former Lerner Site on Howard Street (Source: click on the image above)


Three Corners Development in currently in discussions with Alderman Joe Moore about a proposed, new construction apartment property at the long-vacant Lerner Site at Howard Street and Ashland Avenue. The City took control of the property in 2011 and has been trying to come up with a viable redevelopment plan since that time. The Three Corners proposal is still in its conceptual phase, and much remains to be done before this plan can become reality. Current plans call for the creation of a 240-unit apartment property in which 20% of the units will be affordable, whether through reduced rents or some other form of rental assistance.

Details of this development have not been released, and whether or when this development ever gets built is far from certain. But it is encouraging to know that a plan has emerged for the development of this site from a private developer after so many years of inactivity. Even the possibility of development represents a major step forward, both for Howard Street and for the larger Rogers Park community.

We will carefully monitor this development in the months ahead and we certainly hope that it moves forward. The addition of scores of apartments to the Howard Street corridor will increase the vitality of area retailers and restauranteurs. It can also be expected to increase the safety of the area as more eyes and ears on the street act as a deterrent to the criminal activity that has long plagued the area.