Botanical Heights Four-Family Vacant for 25 Years Now Rehabbed (4226-28 Blaine)

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A four-family building located at 4226-28 Blaine in the Botanical Heights area has been rehabbed into what appears to be two fee simple townhouse units per building permit records. Though the structure falls within a footprint largely redeveloped by developer UIC, this rehab was not that company’s. The owner and developer was the Bauer Equity Partners, LLC.

According to city records, the building had been vacant since at least 1989.

The Botanical Heights (former McRee Town) neighborhood continues to progress in ways that could not have been predicted a few short years ago when the neighborhood was the undisputed title-holder for the South Side’s most impacted neighborhood. UIC’s Botanical Grove development plans call for infill construction on the 4100 blocks of Folsom, Blaine, and McRee, along with several apartment rehabs in the 4100 and 4300 blocks of McRee as well as the 4100 block of Blaine.

Below is the after-rehab shot of 4226-28 Blaine:



And here is the before shot, courtesy of Google Streetview:


Click here for a map of the area.

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  • Presbyterian

    Glad to see another rehab at this location. Did they paint the brick? l suspect this project could be enhanced by using a lighter paint color on the cornice so that the roof doesn’t read as overly large. Still, this is such a huge improvement.

    • Mike F

      Judging by the blown-up pic, I don’t think so, as there are still distinct joint lines in the face of the brick. It appears to have been cleaned at least, though it’s difficult to discern whether or not it’s been repointed. Looks good, whatever the case. A little peeved that they painted the limestone sills, however, to match the rest of the paint palette.

      C’mon guys, bang the rocks together: NEVER paint brick or stone. If it is already painted, and the brick is otherwise in good shape, there are ways in which to remove the paint without damaging the integrity of the brick surface. And if a different color or tone of brick or stone is desired, here’s a better idea, and one which won’t ultimately lead to loss of brick or stone integrity:

      I’m kind of addicted to US Heritage’s website.