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Lincoln Park Alderman decries vacant storefront problems

May 20, 2014|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

At least eight empty storefronts on Clark Street in Lincoln Park have building and safety code violations, according to a message to community members from Ald. Michele Smith (43rd).

The city is suing the owners of the buildings over the violations, which include rotting porches, rodents and drainage issues, the email said. In the letter, Ald. Smith said the buildings' issues represent a larger problem for the Clark Street retail corridor.

"Long-empty storefronts on Clark have been a persistent issue in our neighborhood," Smith wrote in the email. "We want these stores repaired and rented." She also urges Lincoln Park residents to turn out to the court date for the violations: Friday, May 23, at 9:30 a.m., in courtroom 1105 at the Daley Center. The newsletter said the stores are located at:

901-03 West Armitage Avenue
2320 North Clark Street
2324 North Clark Street
2342 North Clark Street
2344-48 North Clark Street
2530-44 North Clark Street
2460-68 North Clark Street
2653-65 North Clark Street/531-51 West Drummond Sreet

Businesses in the area include clothing retailers Akira and Urban Outfitters, restaurants such as Toro Sushi, and the nightclub Neo.

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