RDM Development trims Wicker Park apartment proposal to 13 stories

The smaller building would still have 121 units near the intersection of Ashland and Division

Alderman Moreno and the property
Alderman Moreno and the property

RDM Development reduced the height of a planned Wicker Park apartment building after community opposition to a previous proposal for a 16-story building.

The Chicago-based company now wants to build a 13-story, 121-unit building on a vacant lot near the Polish Triangle at 1628 West Division Street, according to Block Club Chicago.

The number of units would remain the same as in the 16-story proposal by increasing the number of studios (now 29) and one-bedrooms (now 55), the developer said. The building would also have 27 two-bedrooms, 10 three-bedrooms and 36 parking spaces.

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Some 18 of the apartments would be affordable to comply with city housing rules.

The Chicago Plan Commission approved the 16-story plan in March but Alderman Joe Moreno (1st) didn’t bring it to a vote of the full City Council in light of community opposition, he told Block Club.

The building would rise near the site of Vermilion Development’s “The Alcove M.D.P.,” a planned residential complex with 43 condos and 12 townhouses, and down the block from an eight-story, 99-key hotel under construction. [Block Club] — John O’Brien