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Rise of the Avenir

The 5-story, $21 million building will have 104 apartment units, 7,000 square-feet of retail space, and a Jimmy Johns.

By - May 9th, 2014 05:21 pm
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It’s been a long time coming, but construction is well underway at the east end of the Park East corridor. The final concrete deck for the Avenir apartment complex is in the process of being poured, a bit of a challenge on a windy day like today. The final product will be a five-story building with 104 units, 7,000 square-feet of retail space, and a total cost of approximately $20.7 million.

The Avenir is being developed by Wangard Partners as a first phase of a larger development. This follows numerous false starts by Richard Curto and his firm RSC & Associates dating back to 2007. The project is located at the northeast corner of a block bounded by N. Milwaukee and N. Jefferson streets and E. Ogden and E. Lyon streets. Eventually the entire block will be a mixed-use development, which, despite delays, is a marked improvement from the freeway off-ramps that inhabited the site a little over 10 years ago.

Great Clips, a hair salon, and Jimmy Johns, home of freaky fast sandwiches (and a drive-thru) have already agreed to lease space in the site.

We’ve covered the project extensively in the past, including when a number of janitors threatened to derail the project before it was approved, through the ground-breaking and other construction milestones. Occupancy is expected in the fall of 2014.

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