Few neighborhoods in Chicago offer the kind of charm and desirability of Andersonville, and much of that character can be directly tied to all the vintage two-flats that line so many of the community’s quiet tree-lined streets.
In recent months, Andersonville residents have expressed a growing commitment towards protecting the neighborhood’s two-flats, which in many ways help define this lovely north side community. And according to a recent report from Crain’s, their efforts are paying off.
As just reported last week, Ald. Harry Osterman (48th) will soon introduce an ordinance to downzone a fairly significant portion of Andersonville, which should help protect smaller multi-unit dwellings that lie in an eight-square-block area that’s known by locals as East Andersonville.
The primary purpose of the ordinance is of course to make it more challenging for developers to replace existing two-flats with larger multi-unit projects.
According to Osterman, about half of the homes in Andersonville are either single-family dwellings or vintage two-flats, and thanks to a joint effort by the community and its officials, it appears that won’t be changing any time soon.