October 27, 2021

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Soon after Demolishing Century-Aged Around West Side Church, Billionaire Couple’s Agency Aims To Build Offices For Nonprofits

Close to WEST Facet — After demolishing a century-old church on the In close proximity to West Side, a developer aims to construct an office environment setting up in its spot.  

Highland Park-centered developer 4S Bay Companions plans to build the 5-story workplace building near Addams/Medill Park at the web page that housed the old St. Stephenson Missionary Baptist Church, 1319-1325 S. Ashland Ave., in accordance to a newly filed zoning application.

Beneath strategies, the making would consist of 39,256 square ft of office environment area and 3,875 sq. ft of ground-ground retail, according to paperwork filed with the town.

The making would home neighborhood company organizations and nonprofit collaboration place, in accordance to documents attained by way of a Freedom of Info Act request.

The approach would also contain an out of doors rooftop back garden. The setting up would include 4 underground parking places and one loading berth.

Billionaires Steve and Jessica Sarowitz control 4S Bay Partners. The few recently helped get a making for the Chatham Workforce Centre.

Steve Sarowitz created his fortune as founder of computer software business Paylocity, and the couple founded Highland Park-based Julian Grace Basis.

Bauer Latoza made the setting up.

The developer and their attorney could not be achieved for comment Wednesday.

The zoning software will come as the developer completes its teardown of the church.

Linked: Century-Previous St. Stephenson Church Slated To Be Demolished On Around West Facet

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Highland Park developer 4S Bay Associates LLC is demolishing the outdated St. Stephenson Missionary Baptist Church to make way for a 5-story setting up at the internet site in close proximity to Addams/Medill Park.
St. Stephenson Missionary Baptist ChurchCredit history: Courtesy of Nick Anderson
Highland Park developer 4S Bay Companions LLC is demolishing the aged St. Stephenson Missionary Baptist Church to make way for a 5-tale building at the internet site in close proximity to Addams/Medill Park.

Preservationists and city officials attempted to preserve the St. Stephenson Missionary Baptist Church, which had served as dwelling to several congregations about the several years, in accordance to city documents.

A town-mandated 90-working day demolition hold off was imposed on the venture previous 12 months, but it expired just before the close of the 12 months.

Final tumble, the Maxwell Avenue Foundation urged town officers to “broker an settlement with the developer” to at minimum save the façades for preservation and reuse prior to a granting a demolition permit.

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St. Stephenson Church, 1319 S. Ashland Ave., is slated to be demolished. Credit history: Matt Wicklund
Credit rating: Matt Wicklund
St. Stephenson Church, 1319 S. Ashland Ave., is slated to be demolished

The church, constructed by Theodore Duesing, was beforehand house to the Second German Evangelical Zion Church, according to the Maxwell Street Basis.

“This building has importance for our team because this was the church designed by a German congregation when they vacated a German church and school in the outdated Maxwell Road area, the background of which we defend and interpret,” foundation secretary Laura Kamedulski wrote in a letter to the metropolis. “This is a time-delicate make a difference as demolition is imminent.”

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Highland Park developer 4S Bay Companions LLC is demolishing the previous St. Stephenson Missionary Baptist Church to make way for a 5-story making at the web-site in close proximity to Addams/Medill Park.

Organizing and Growth Commissioner Maurice Cox inspired the new house owners to explore reuse of the church developing instead of demolition, in accordance to town documents.

All through and after the demo-hold period, metropolis officials mentioned reusing areas of the church with the developer, a spokesman for the city’s Organizing and Enhancement department spokesman beforehand advised Block Club. Officials pointed to the Epiphany Middle for the Arts and St. Boniface Church as illustrations of adaptive reuse, in accordance to metropolis data.

Ward Miller, Preservation Chicago executive director, hoped the developer would’ve labored to at the very least maintain the Ashland-facing façade of the church and integrate the job into the development.

The decline of a further century-previous developing underscores the want for an ordinance to much better shield properties additional than 50 yrs outdated, Miller said.

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