The Catholic Bishop of Chicago, on behalf of the Archdiocese of Chicago, has put the former convent for the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii at 1218 W. Lexington St. up for sale.
Built in 1923, the building’s listing advertises it as an investment property. The Archdiocese listed it with Baum Reality Group LLC on May 3. The Baum website notes the former convent’s sale as an “Opportunity to redevelop a three-story concrete and masonry constructed building with basement.”
Honore Properties also is involved, and on July 21, Tyler Manic of the law firm of Schain Banks Kenny & Schwartz Ltd. sent a letter to owners of properties within 250 feet of the former convent stating that the firm, on behalf of Honore Properties, filed a request with the City for a zoning change for the structure. Currently, the former convent is zoned RT-4 for residential, townhouse, and multi-unit dwellings.
The firm is requesting a zoning change to B2-3 Neighborhood Mixed-Use District. According to the letter, “The purpose of the rezoning is to adaptively reuse a three-story convent. The applicant proposes to add 14 dwelling units in the existing building. No changes are proposed to the existing structure of the building, which will remain the same size. The existing height of the building 45’4” will remain. The property is a transit served location and is within 1,320 feet of the Racine CTA Blue Line. No parking will be provided,” according to the letter.
According to a shrine source who requested anonymity, the property is under contract to be sold, so all parties involved declined to comment pending a sale.
For the Archdiocese, see www.archchicago.org. For Baum Realty Group, log on to www.baumrealty.com. For Honore Properties, see www.honoreproperties.com. For Schain Banks, log on to www.chainbanks.com. For the shrine, see www.ourladyofpompeii.org.
—Bonnie Jean Adams