Demolition permits have been issued for the former Manhandler Saloon building at 1948 N. Halsted St. The site of a new mixed-use development, the project site is midblock south of W. Armitage Ave along N. Halsted St. Mike Krueger is the developer behind the proposal.
With a design from SPACE Architects + Planners, the new mixed-use building will stand three stories. Rising 38 feet, it will hold 4,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, with three residences on the two floors above. The unit mix will consist of two two-beds and one three-bedroom apartment. Three parking spaces will be provided at the rear of the site accessed from the alley.
The design uses a traditional approach to respond to the neighborhood context, with an exterior clad in red brick masonry. Tall, slender windows will be expressed as punched openings with stone detailing used in the lintels and coping. Two balconies facing N Halsted Street will be framed with brick to create more of a punched opening feel for the balconies with ornamental iron railings. Black steel will be used for the storefront along the street.
The developer was granted approval to rezone the site from RT-4 to B3-2 back in July 2021. With demo permits issued, the site can be cleared for new construction. Permits for the new building have not been filed.