Renaissance at Beverly Ridge breaks ground

by kate hawley on 4/3/07

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The Renaissance at Beverly Ridge, a development of 123 single-family houses and 50 townhouses, broke ground Thursday near the Washington Heights Metra station and I-57, according to Ebonie Taylor, sales manager for the project. MGM Urban Properties and the The Terrell Group are the developers, she said.

Ald. Howard Brookins (21st) had long sought to develop the vacant industrial site, Taylor said. It’s perhaps worth noting here that Taylor, who has also identified herself as Ebonie Brookins, appears to be Brookins’ wife – but we’re waiting for her to confirm that for us.

She said the new homes, which will fill the block bounded by 105th Street, 107th Street, Vincennes Avenue and Throop Street in Washington Heights (just to the east of Beverly), are meant to blend with the area’s “suburban-style home environment.”

Relatively large lot sizes — ranging from 25 by 125 to 44 by 149 — add to the project’s sprawling, suburban feel, she added. And the traditional, brick-fronted designs by Phil Johnson Architects and The Shaldis Group, some of which look Tudor-inspired, are meant to mirror the architectural style of the surrounding Washington Heights, Beverly and Morgan Park neighborhoods.

The two-story single-family homes have two-car garages and full basements. They range from 1,750 to 3,200 square feet, with three to five bedrooms and 2.5 to 3.5 bathrooms. Prices start in the $280s, going up to the $550s, and features include landscaping, crown molding, tray ceilings in some master bedrooms, granite kitchen counters and either a deck, patio, or back porch. The three-bedroom, 2.5-bath townhouses, priced at $279,990, have partial basements with attached two-car garages.

About 20 percent of the single-family houses have sold, and all of the townhouses are available, Taylor said. Deliveries are expected beginning at the end of the year. A second phase of 30 condos, 12 single-family homes and eight townhouses is slated to start in about three years.

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NSH April 3, 2007 at 9:39 AM

That Metra train is great for rush hour, but does not run at any other time.
There are only 2 other stops to downtown (longwood manor) (gresham) Train commutes are only about 20 minutes.
If you miss the rush hour trains you will have a good 6 block walk from the sub line.
This is a good deal at $280 ($550 not so much).

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woodlawnchuck April 3, 2007 at 2:12 PM

It’s a decent deal under 300, but nothing great. The area is a little hairy around there. When Julian lets oooh boy you better hope its not recruitng season. This area has all the problems of Roseland, which makes sense seeing as it’s about a mile to the E. If it were on the W side of Vincennes, I’d say it might be worth it. This one isn’t going to work. The area is getting worse not better. The E portion of Beverly isn’t as stable as it once was. And to mention the train stop over there as they do, it’s not a very good one as NSH mentioned. If cars are getting popped into every day during the day for cars parked at Walden Parkway for the Beverly Metra stops imagine what happens when cars sit at the Wash Heights stop. I once missed the Rock and had my younger brother come pick me up and he was about an hour late. This was before Bell invented those cellular phones. Nightfall wasn’t very a very good time to sit around waiting and it wasn’t like people were on and off the trains to make me feel any safer.

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NSH April 3, 2007 at 2:23 PM

woodlawn says,
“The E portion of Beverly isn’t as stable as it once was.”
Actually its probably the most stable neighborhood in beverly, albeit the most diverse and affordable. The white flight from east of wood happened in the early 70′s. The whites that stayed are still there, and the blacks that moved in are still there too.

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woodlawnchuck April 3, 2007 at 2:32 PM

You have to be honest in saying that the area has changed a lot and it has swept north from St. Walter’s N of 111th and keeps going. The number of home invasions/burglaries I have heard of over the last five years is astounding to me. A friend of mine got broken into three times in one year around 108th & Longwood. To me it isn’t a question of race its a question of the kind of people of both races moving on after being that specific area after 30 years. The people who replace them aren’t the same.

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NSH April 3, 2007 at 2:51 PM

I specified a home in East Beverly or MP when I was looking for a house in 2004. The home prices were about the same as west beverly and mt greenwood, but the homogenized all irish catholic atmosphere I grew up in was just the opposite of what I wanted to live in. I remember my mom telling me of the horrors that went on on the other side of the tracks and this is back in the 80′s.

When it was time to sign on the line I asked my mom for her advice and she broke it down very simply, Would you rather lived next to some tight ass white family over here or an interesting black family over there?

It was an easy decision, lots are not big but huge, old growth oaks are everywhere, mom and pop shopping on 103rd st, diversity in race and religion and away from the politics that can make or break your existence in 19.

Burglaries have been a problem lately, this is true. Police have responded with foot and atv patrols. This and the watchful eye of a few old timers keep the area much safer than you have been lead to believe.

As far as the comment “the people who replace them aren’t the same”. Can’t say I have noticed any difference.

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woodlawnchuck April 3, 2007 at 3:44 PM

I don’t live in the area anymore so I’ll take your word for it. But the things I hear from friends and family do have something to do with it. My last visit was parade day and every thing looks so freckley that day and I agree with your sentiments about the greater Cajetan SJF area being uptight.

What I had noticed myself was that the change that has been going on in St Walter was continuing north and that it eventually pecked away at the very soul of the southern part of Beverly. When I was a kid Walters was a great place but seemingly changed overnight. That break-in situation is a huge portion of the neighborhood stability though. That along with the Rausch beating at Beverly Park and the rape hoax at Beverly Park (noticed that it didn’t get a lot of coverage after it turned out to be baloney) do nothing but tarnish the reputation of the area.

Basically, crime in the 19th is up just as it is throughout the South Side because of the projects coming down and now Beverly has its hands full with the likes of everyone else from Marquette to Evergreen.

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NSH April 3, 2007 at 3:55 PM

Actually most of the south side east of western was deemed “saturated” so the CHA did not officially place or pressure the powers that be for more sec 8 vouchers. This is from my neighbor who works for CHA as a liaison for resident grievances. The stories she tells!

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woodlawnchuck April 3, 2007 at 4:14 PM

I can only imagine. Love them or hate them, I’d rather spend the party with anyone employed by the City/government rather than than a guy without limbs who scales Everest.

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