Stalled Development in the 39th Council District

We need to make these sites into assets for the community. Many of these developments are causing real hazards for their neighbors, with fences falling down on sidewalks, loose construction debris that can become deadly in high winds, and unsecured sites that are dangerous for children and an invitation to squatting.

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

192 East 5th Street, Kensington

(SW corner of Caton Avenue, formerly 417 Caton Avenue)

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Project Type: New Building

Project Description: Demolition of home and garage and construction of a pair of new homes

Status: Vacant Lot, Idle

Background: Two 2 story homes were bought and demolished in 2003, and the lots were merged. The demolition was left incomplete through 2003 and 2004, and there were numerous complaints and violations citing unsafe conditions. Part of one floor remained standing, debris and combustible material accumulated in front, and the plywood fence fell multiple times, leaving the site open and unguarded. A new owner acquired the site in 2005 and completed the demolition, and in they filed plans for the construction of two 3 story condo buildings designed by architect Henry Radusky.

No construction activity has taken place. The fence has been in disrepair during periods and neighbors reported that children were playing on the site, but as of our site visit in early March the fence is now secure and the lot is cleared.


  1. The wood fence has been replaced by chain-link fencing. What are the plans for this site?

  2. The site is home to a 6-unit condo which is fully sold.