Retail Complex Proposed for Purple Hotel Site

Project will cost up to $130 million, investor says

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    The area where Lincolnwood's old Purple Hotel once stood will become a retail and hotel complex under a plan put forth by an investment group.

    Plans for the 11 acres at the intersection of West Touhy and North Lincoln avenues were first shown to the public Tuesday.

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    The Purple Hotel, with its notorious reputation, stood on the site for more than 50 years but was demolished last month after being bought out of bankruptcy.

    The new complex, designed by architect Joseph Antunovich of Antunovich Associates, groups the retailers into four buildings in what the designer called a "new urbanist" approach, with wide sidewalks, several gathering places and a small park. The layout encourages the stores to present unique facades, suggesting a "town center," he said. About a third of the parking spaces will be hidden below grade, Antunovich said.

    Neal Stein, a principal partner in the investment group North Capital Partners, said the design is subject to ongoing review from the village but said initial feedback on the plans was positive.

    The project will cost up to $130 million, he said.