Kingsbury Center receives tax incentive for cleanup work

building

The Chicago City Council recently approved a property tax incentive that will support a commercial redevelopment project on the city’s Near North side.

The Kingsbury Center, located at 1415 N. Kingsbury St., will utilize the new Class C property tax incentive to support the cleanup of a contaminated industrial site. The clean-up work, involving the removal of underground storage tanks that had contaminated the property in the mid-1900s, was completed two years ago at a cost of $780,000.

The storage tanks were removed and Kingsbury Center SPE LLC was able to build a 60,000-square-foot, $20 million retail plaza on the site in 2012.

The Class C incentive was created to encourage the cleanup of contaminated industrial, commercial or vacant sites by lowering the assessment rate for 12 years. Total tax savings throughout the period is estimated at $2.9 million. The plaza is currently occupied by four stores and employs 200 people.

New hair and makeup service moves into River West location

makeup

The city of Chicago issued a new limited business license on June 24 to Crizen Hasegawa Inc., doing business as Crizen Hasegawa Inc.

The business license for a location at 1111 W. Chicago Ave. in River West’s 27th Ward lists a license payment start date of June 23 expiring on July 15, 2015.

The license payment date was June 23.

Crizen Hasegawa Inc. was incorporated in 2013 and lists a principal office in Skokie, Ill.

Crizen Hasegawa is a custom hair and makeup service with an emphasis on the health and well-being of the hair and skin. Specializing in bridal and wedding services, Crizen Hasegawa also offers services for engagement photos, formal events, prom, runway shows and glamour parties.

Chicago’s River West neighborhood, located in the West Town community area, is the small area between the Kennedy Expressway and west of the North Branch of the Chicago River, between Division Street and Grand Avenue.

Lincoln Park’s Media Monkeybiz receives limited business license

Lincoln Park

The city of Chicago issued a new limited business license on June 24 to News Exposure LLC, doing business as Media Monkeybiz.

The business license for a location at 1765 N. Elston Ave. in Lincoln Park’s 32nd Ward lists a license payment start date of June 24 expiring on July 15, 2015.

The license payment date was June 22.

News Exposure LLC was incorporated in 2010 and lists a principal office in Chicago.

Media Monkeybiz is a media analysis production service providing comprehensive television and radio broadcast monitoring, media intelligence and public relations analysis. Professionals and individuals can utilize Media Monkeybiz to acquire clips for airchecks, reporter reels, promos, sizzle reels and presentations.

Media Monkeybiz also offers Spanish language broadcast monitoring.

Lincoln Park encompasses several smaller neighborhoods including Lincoln Central, Mid-North, Old Town Triangle, Park West, RANCH triangle, Sheffield, West Depaul and Wrightville neighbors.

New Construction Permit: $676K construction project in Albany Park

construction

The city of Chicago issued a new construction building permit on May 13 for a project at 3647 W. Montrose Ave. The estimated cost of the building is $676,050.

The project description is to “erect a new three-story masonry building with three-D.U., a new non-combustible metal stair system and a new three-car detached masonry garage: 25′ x 20′ as per plans.”

The property owner is Mia Property Acquisitions LLC, 2853 N. Pulaski Rd. #CS, Chicago.

The location at 3647 W. Montrose Ave. is currently an empty retail space and is former home of Iglesia Adoradores de Cristo. The property is scheduled for destruction and a ground-up build of a three-story, three-unit residential building, complete with a detached three-car garage.

Albany Park is one of Chicago’s most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the United States, with the highest percentage of foreign-born residents in Chicago.

The average price for homes sold in the area recently was $280,000, according to Trulia.

General contractor: A.L.L. Builders LLC

Architect: Bill G. Kokalias

Electrical contractor: Texa Engineering

Masonry Contractor: Polo Masonry Builders Inc.

Masonry Contractor: Pro MC Construction Inc.

Plumbing Contractor: E.R.M. Plumbing Inc.

Ventilation Contractor: Artur Climate Control

Residential Real Estate Developer: Noah Properties LLC

Expeditor: Axios Architects & Consultants

Emanuel touts transparency improvement for city procurements

Rahm Emanuel

Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently announced the progress of the first phase of unprecedented transparency in the procurement process by the Department of Procurement Services.

All winning and losing bids submitted by vendors for competitive low-bid contracts, including all of the individual line item bids by each vendor, are now being posted by DPS. DPS also started posting the list of a bidder’s proposed subcontractors along with the bid tabulation information, including M/WBE businesses. In addition, the department is now sending contract award notification letters to the M/WBE subcontractors, alerting them that the prime vendor committing to their utilization was the winner of the contract.

Additionally, DPS is posting bid tabulations for all competitive, low-bid projects, showing the names of the bidders and the total amount bid.

“From my first day in office, my administration has implemented a series of ethics and transparency reforms designed to ensure that city government is honest and accountable to the taxpayers,” Emanuel said. “With these ongoing reforms, Chicago will be among the most transparent cities in the country when it comes to providing information about procurement, the bidding process, its contractors and subcontractors.”

Stasia Modest Couture nabs Lakeview spot

Lakeview

The city of Chicago issued a new limited business license on June 20 to Stasia Modest Couture Corp., doing business as Stasia Modest Couture Corp.

The business license for a location at 3617 N. Ashland Ave. in Lakeview’s 44th Ward lists a license payment start date of June 20 expiring on July 15, 2015.

The license payment date was June 19.

Stasia Modest Couture Corp. was incorporated in 2013 and lists a principal office in Morton Grove, Ill.

Stasia Modest Couture designs high-end dresses and specializes in modest religious wedding gowns. Based out of Chicago, Stasia creates elegant, timeless dresses, catered to the bride’s specific requests.

Lakeview is Chicago’s second most-populous community area with a diverse group of residents.

Lids Locker Room moves into Lincoln Park

Lids

The city of Chicago issued a new limited business license on June 20 to Hat World Inc., doing business as Lids Locker Room #8124.

The business license for a location at 1841 N. Clybourn Ave. in Lincoln Park’s 32nd Ward lists a license payment start date of June 20 expiring on April 15, 2015.

The license payment date was June 19.

Hat World Inc. was incorporated in 1996 and lists a principal office in Springfield, Ill.

Hat World Inc. encompasses three businesses, including Lids retail head wear stores, Lids Team Sports wholesaler and Lids Locker Room. Lids Locker Room is a mall-based sports collectible and memorabilia retailer. It has a large selection of official hats as well as bobble heads, flags, jewelry, cozies and other collectibles.

Hat World Inc. is based out of Indianapolis, Ind., the two retail arms of the company have more than 900 outlets throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.

Mexican ice cream parlor slated for opening in Rogers Park

Rogers Park

The city of Chicago issued a new retail food establishment license on June 20 to Mario E. Leon Renteria and Maria J. Rodriguez, doing business as Las Fresas.

The business license for a location at 7057 N. Clark St. in Rogers Park’s 49th Ward lists a license payment start date of June 20 expiring on July 15, 2015.

The license payment date was June 12.

Las Fresas is a specialty Mexican ice cream parlor and fruit and vegetable vendor in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. It focuses on freshness and quality and serves homemade items like Mexican yogurt, chicarrones, tostadas and fresh smoothies. Las Fresas also offers a money-back satisfaction guarantee on all food items.

Chicago’s Rogers Park community is located on the city’s far north side. It is bounded by the city of Evanston along Juneway Terrace and Howard Street to the north, Ridge Boulevard to the west, Devon Avenue and the Edgewater neighborhood to the south and Lake Michigan to the east.

Bucktown’s pet grooming shop gets animal care license

dog

The city of Chicago issued a new animal care license on June 21 to The Groomers Corner Inc., doing business as The Groomers Corner.

The business license for a location at 2000 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Bucktown’s 1st Ward lists a license payment start date of June 21 expiring on July 15, 2015.

The license payment date was June 17.

The Groomers Corner Inc. was incorporated in 2012 and lists a principal office in Elmwood Park, Ill.

The Groomers Corner is a full-service pet grooming facility with fully trained professional dog and cat groomers. It was founded in 2012 and is located in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. The Groomers Corner provides more than 30 years of experience in a modern, clean and calm environment.

Bucktown is located in Chicago’s Logan Square community area. It is bounded by Fullerton Avenue to the north, Western Avenue to the west, Bloomingdale Avenue to the south and the Kennedy Expressway to the east.

Vendor Fair provides information on new Chicago contracting opportunities

Chicago

The city of Chicago’s Department of Procurement Services, in partnership with the Cook County Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, hosted the 2013 Vendor Fair at the University of Illinois at Chicago on Monday.

The Vendor Fair provided information to a wide number of firms on contracting opportunities in Chicago. It featured more than 50 separate Chicago and Cook County exhibitors, including government agencies, numerous trade associations, chambers of commerce and business groups. More than 1,000 attendees representing hundreds of companies, suppliers and manufacturers gathered information on hundreds of projects of all sizes.

“These contracting opportunities are expected to create thousands of jobs for companies doing business with Chicago and Cook County,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. “Receiving details in advance can help small businesses consider the possibility of being a prime contractor or teaming up with firms to joint venture or serve as subcontractors on larger contracts.”