The last new residential construction on Austin Boulevard comes from the mid-century era where California motel-style buildings were considered in vogue. Now one of those near eyesores may be demolished to make way for a notable new building.

The Oak Park Residence Corporation, one of those quasi public-private partnerships which are hard to explain but have had big impact on Oak Park’s integration and its housing stock, is proposing a new apartment building for the corner of Austin and Van Buren. It would be on the site of the motel-like building which it has long owned.

ResCorp made its pitch to neighbors last week for this handsome, modern, remarkably sustainable and, yes, taller than typical apartment house. The project also builds in nine affordable units out of the total of 44 units.


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