The upzoning request for the “Jewel Laundry” Building located at 1730 W. Greenleaf Avenue received the support of 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore. Preservation Chicago supported this adaptive reuse proposal and spoke on its behalf at a community meeting on June 14, 2017 at the Ethiopian Community Center of Chicago.
The historic façade will be restored as part of the redevelopment plan. A new two-story addition will be added to the top of the building and will be set-back behind the existing historic façade. The developer is Dave Gassman, with Craft Architecture. A total of 30 apartments are planned. In close proximity to the Rogers Park Metra Station, this Transit Oriented Development (TOD) will have no on-site parking, storage for bikes, and a green roof.
This white terra cotta commercial building was the Maya Romanoff Corporation wallpaper and textiles plant until 2008, and is currently the Ethiopian Community Center of Chicago. The historic building was designed by Aroner & Somers and dates to circa 1915. The building is classified as orange-rated by the Chicago Historic Resources Survey which highlights the building’s “Prairie and Sullivanesque” ornamentation and detailing.