Brief update from a spin down Chicago Avenue:
* The former Pearl art supply store space has window posters referring to the planned mini Walmart; don't think they were there before.
* The gas station on Wells has finally completed its World's Longest Gas Station Construction Project. It looks kind of the same as before, except very spiffy instead of very shabby.
* Some kind of refurbishment or upgrades at Dearborn could be in the works:
YMCA picks preferred buyer for Lawson House
Last Modified: Oct 26, 2011 02:16AM
The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago has a likely buyer for its Lawson House at 30 W. Chicago, an important link in the city’s network of single-room occupancy, or SRO, housing. The Y said Tuesday it is negotiating a sale with Holsten Real Estate Development Corp., which is known for integrating low-income housing with services for the residents.
... “This is not a sale, it’s the beginning of a process with a potential partner. A final deal is not expected for at least a year,” he said.
Sources said the Y insisted that Lawson House be preserved for affordable housing and that commitment to the social mission, and not price, was the priority in its selection process.