Rendering of the proposed development at the corner of N. Avenue 64 and Garvanza Street in the Garvanza section of Highland Park | Rendering by SKYA Ventures.

Garvanza development hits a roadblock

2021 Editions March Real Estate

By Bill Hendrickson

The proposal to build an imposing, three-story apartment building at N. Avenue 64 and Garvanza Street failed to win a crucial approval on Tuesday.

The developers of the project, Skya Ventures, were seeking a “Certificate of Compatibility” with the Highland Park-Garvanza Overlay Zone (HPOZ), a set of  guidelines on historic preservation and land use in the area.

But the Board of the HPOZ said “no” on the grounds that the proposed development was drastically out of scale with the neighborhood as well as drastically out of sync in terms of local building materials and styles.

The Board’s rejection was unanimous and resounding. Summing up the Board’s objections, Jonathan Silberman, the Board President, said the building’s design was “antithetical” to the HPOZ guidelines.

In denying the Certificate, the Board of the HPOZ was agreeing with community stakeholders who have reviled the proposed development in community meetings dating back to August.

The community’s objections go beyond the historic preservation and land use concerns of the HPOZ. For instance, many community members have pointed out that the area needs affordable housing, not dozens of new units renting for what the developer estimated would be $3,500 to $5,100 a month.

Going forward, the HPOZ Board’s decision will be written up and sent to the lead planner for the project at the City Planning Department. When the developers present their project to the City, the HPOZ’s objection will be part of the file, posing a considerable hurdle for the developers to overcome. 

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  1. Highland Park didnt need this! Its a slap in the face for the working class and homeless.

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