By LINDSAY WELBERS
Three long-unoccupied greystone buildings near the developments along Harper Avenue and 52nd Street will be demolished and replaced with a parking lot.
Peter Cassel, spokesman with Antheus Property, said they bought the three greystones in 5110 and 5114 S. Harper Ave. in 2008 as a defensive move, “when it was a rat-infested mess,” he said.
Antheus will file demolition permits with the City of Chicago, he said, since they determined it was not affordable to rehab the homes and heard the community’s request for more parking spaces.
Cassel said the buildings, which were both originally constructed in the 1880s, will be replaced with a 28-space accessory parking lot to City Hyde Park.
City Hyde Park is the Antheus development that will put 182 units of housing, 110,000 square feet of retail, and 400 parking spaces at the corner of Lake Park Avenue and 51st Street.
It will be a paid parking lot. Cassel compared it to the parking lot at 53rd Street and Cornell Avenue.