606 Trail has attracted apartment building development, and here comes another

Developer Gene Bernshtam secured permits for a five-story complex at 1700 North Western Avenue
July 11, 2019 09:00AM

Rendering of 1700 North Western Avenue (Credit: via Chicago Cityscape)

Rendering of 1700 North Western Avenue (Credit: via Chicago Cityscape)

New apartment buildings have been rising along the 606 Trail in Bucktown, and another one is set to join the pack.

Developer Gene Bernshtam secured permits to build a 60-unit residential complex at 1700 North Western Avenue, according to Curbed. It would include one-, two- and three-bedroom units, a rooftop deck and just 29 parking spaces, owing to the city’s transit-oriented development rules that limits vehicle spaces.

The building is one of three rental ventures planned for the 1700 block of Western Avenue, just south of the Western CTA Blue Line station.

Across the street, MCZ Development landed permits earlier this year for a 25-unit apartment building at 1741 North Western Avenue. And down the block, LG Development broke ground last month on a 109-unit complex at 1750 North Western Avenue, after buying the site from GW properties.

All three sites are inside the city’s Milwaukee affordable housing pilot zone, meaning they must rent at least 15 percent of their units below market rate, with no option to opt out of the requirement by paying a fee. Some developers have blamed the rules for snuffing out construction. But Bernshtam is one of more than a dozen developers who has moved forward with construction under the new rules since they were implemented in late 2017. [Curbed] — Alex Nitkin