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CHICAGO-A 5.7-acre trucking distribution center in Brighton Park will be redeveloped with 140 townhouses and 96 condominiums. Dubin Residential’s $60-million planned development, which is likely to be completed in 2008, was endorsed Thursday by the plan commission.

Construction of the 236-unit project at 3600-36 S. Western Ave., near a Chicago Transit Authority Orange Line stop, could begin next spring, president and chief executive officer David Dubin tells GlobeSt.com. “This is a site that’s been cited for illegal dumping and has become an eyesore of sorts,” says 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas. “[Western Avenue] is a great avenue that’s been neglected for some time. We’ve got to take a look at obsolete buildings and do something with them.”

Dubin Residential will replace two buildings totaling 12,000 sf with one- and two-bedroom condominiums, priced from $170,000 to the low $200,000 range, in three five-story buildings facing Western Avenue. The prolific multifamily developer is offering 36 condominiums to buyers qualifying under the city’s affordable housing initiative. The two- and three-bedroom townhouses, likely to sell for $250,000 to $300,000, will be arranged in seven clusters.

The site, which Dubin Residential still must acquire from Garmat, LLC, is zoned M2-1 but would be rezoned to RM4.5. The project’s density is 25% less than the new zoning would allow.

One downside to the site is its neighbors to the south and west–the Chicago and Alton Railroad and Chicago Junction Railway Co. lines. “It’s not a high-speed rail line by any means,” says Cardenas, noting single-family homes are north of Dubin Residential’s site. “We don’t get a lot of complaints from the residents, and there are houses that are closer to the tracks.” Nonetheless, Dubin will consider landscaping along the property’s south and west borders as a potential buffer.

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