Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Astor Place On Pratt

              A view like this of Astor Place won't always exist. This land in the foreground is where an old Jewish temple sat (here is a link to a congregation called Beth Sholom at 1233 w Pratt.). Currently a sign adorns the black iron fence put up in 2011 stating "parking for Hillel at Loyola only. unauthorized cars will be towed at owner's expense". The land was up for sale during the boom but the owners were too disorganized or greedy and it never sold. Entering the land is possible through an unlocked neighbors gate. Some people let their dogs run free here.

                The lobby of Astor Place has seen better days. It has an ugly drop ceiling with soiled panels and the interior decorating is drab and depressing. At least the awning is a nice bright blue to reflect the fact that its walking distance to Lake Michigan's best beach in Chicago - Loyola Park. Currently Astor Place's fate is up in the air as it is part of the infamous Menetti brother's portfolio which included Lawrence House, the Pratt and Clark building, another apartment building at Rogers & Sheridan (7645 N Sheridan). This was reported on in March 2012 by the ChicagoRealEstateDaily.com. Currently the Pratt and Clark building had scaffolding erected around it as reported here in early December 2012. Uptown Update reported in May 2012 that the Lawrence House and 4526 N Sheridan had been turned over to a receiver.

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