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The new owner of the prized Green Bay Road property vows to preserve the building

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The new owner of the prized Green Bay Road property vows to preserve the building

Housing is literally on the rise along Green Bay Road in Wilmette, but no less than one property will remain as on the extent, in accordance with its latest owner.

Prolific Wilmette property owner Cameel Halim has purchased 637 Green Bay Road, the two-story industrial development on the southwest corner of Central Avenue and Green Bay Road.

Halim said he not only doesn’t plan to tear the constructing down, he plans to revive it.

“We consider the constructing is historic and really vital in Wilmette and we wish to put it aside,” he told The Record. “The constructing has numerous value with the situation and the large parking zone within the back and it’s vital to remain as retail.”

The constructing is flanked by two, newer mid-rise rental buildings: Optima Verdana, a six-story development that opened earlier this yr at 1210 Central Ave.; and the Residences of Wilmette, a five-story complex that can be home to Carlos & Carlos restaurant at 617 Green Bay Road.

The Village of Wilmette, in its 2010 Village Center Master Plan, identified 637 Green Bay Road and its block, which incorporates the already transformed 617 Green Bay Road, as a key “opportunity site” for redevelopment. Dedicated to the plan, the village attempted to amass the constructing once the previous property owner, the Karas family, began taking offers, in accordance with Village Manager Mike Braiman.

“The Village has been enthusiastic about this site for a few years, because it’s a key redevelopment site … for a mixed-use development,” Braiman said in a message. “We’re hopeful we will work cooperatively with the brand new property owner to redevelop the positioning and realize the (master) plan’s vision.”

Which may be easier said than done, as Halim doesn’t have plans to raze the constructing.

“We’re restorers; we should not tearing the constructing down,” he said. “It’s our purpose. We’ve really been successful in Chicago, Evanston and Wilmette.”

While featuring several empty storefronts and second-floor offices, the constructing is currently home to Jerry’s Barber Shop, Salon Del Lago, Wilmette Glass Company and, until recently, Lawrence Dean’s Bakery, which closed up shop with the owners retiring.

Wilmette Pet Shop is the opposite highlight of the retail strip; nevertheless, its future is in query because the owner battles health concerns. Halim said he’s in discussion with Wilmette Pet in hopes of keeping the business alive.

Halim owns several other constructing in Wilmette, including 1137 Greenleaf Ave., which is home to Buck Russell’s amongst other storefronts; 111 Green Bay Road, which is now the Greek restaurant Taverna Naxos; the adjoining constructing, 123 Green Bay Road, which Kurt Saphir Pianos formerly occupied; and multiple buildings along Ridge Road north of Wilmette Avenue.

Halim said he plans to renovate 637 Green Bay Road and add an elevator and more. He expects work to take two to a few years.

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