“The building, which was built in 1926, is located directly in the path of progress,” says the website for Bold L&H Lofts. In the path? No wonder East Garfield Park is suffering! Get out of the way, and let that progress through!
Sometime in the past couple of years, LK Growth and Bold Development adapted the six-story Lindemann & Hoverson warehouse at 2620 W Washington St into 68 lofts and retail space. The developers restored the building’s entrance and terra cotta-clad showroom, created new storefronts, installed new windows to match its old steel-sash windows, and repaired the brick and terra cotta exterior. They built a green roof and applied for LEED Silver certification (something the development has yet to receive, according to the US Green Building Council), had the building declared a Chicago Landmark in early 2009, and pulled in an award for preservation excellence from the city this year.
The developers describe the homes as “true industrial lofts” with new lighting, exposed brick, minimalist kitchens with maple cabinetry, custom-designed aluminum shelving, and granite countertops, and new white-tiled bathrooms. The building itself “offer(s) a multitude of Gold Coast amenities at a fraction of the cost,” including free Wi-Fi, two new elevators, a roof deck with community grill, private garden areas, and a dog run.
Rent started at $950, with in-unit laundry running an additional $55 and parking an additional $110. The last time Bold Development updated the project’s website, all but one of the units were under lease.
In our search for more information about the building, we came across a Facebook group created “to provide a central, accessible place for residents…to meet one another, and to voice concerns regarding the building, as well as the community.” Its wall reveals plenty about life in and around the lofts, from a laundry list of maintenance problems, to the realities of neighborhood crime. Some of the choice comments and questions are:
Hey, who stole my pumpkin? There were 4 outside my door on Saturday morning, but only 3 on Sunday night. They aren’t meant for taking.
Someone tried to steal my tire overnight, on Talman – just watch out. Check your tires before you drive!
Is it me or are the elevators getting darker as each light slowly goes out?
I haven’t been able to get a decent wireless connection in weeks.
My car was broken into last night on Campbell. I know there’s not a lot anyone can do about it, I mean that’s what you get for living in a crappy neighborhood…but just fyi.
Are people allowed to use their apartments for carpentry businesses or building boats? Just asking because that’s sure as hell what it sounds like the person who lives above me is doing every day, and if you can’t tell by the sarcasm on here, it’s REALLY annoying.
word is that Cory was robbed at gunpoint right outside the buidling in broad daylight! Another good reason to get the Hell out of that place.
Funny story; a cabbie once asked me “Are you SURE you want me to let you out here?” when he drove me to our building.