April 06, 2006

Press, 4/5: New plan for Edens club site

Nadig Newspaper's Press is reporting new ownership for the Edens Athletic Club property. Plans include tearing down the building and putting up office/retail space instead:

New plan for Edens club site
by Brian Nadig
April 5, 2006

A new retail-office building is planned for the site of the Edens Health Club, 5130 N. Cicero Ave., where a proposal to open a Wendy's restaurant was abandoned in October due to community opposition.

New plan for Edens club site

The Tennis Corporation of America, which closed the health club last year, had planned to lease the 22,925-square-foot site to Wendy's, but the company decided to sell the property after Wendy's was unable to obtain a special use permit for a drive-through facility at the restaurant. Area residents had voiced concerns about traffic generated by the proposed Wendy's, and Alderman Patrick Levar (45th) said that he would oppose the opening of a fast-food restaurant on the site. New plan for Edens club site

Aaron Tiram, who purchased the property 2 weeks ago, said that he has not completed plans for the building but that the first floor will house a showroom for his hardwood flooring company, Ecotek, and that the second floor will be leased for professional offices. "We're going to build a very nice building, and it will be very contemporary," Tiram said.

Plans call for Ecotek's current facility at 1830 N. Lamon Ave. to remain open after the new showroom on Cicero opens, Tiram said.

Source: Nadig Newspapers

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