01 June 2011

Alexander Lane

Alexander Lane is really little more than a pair of driveways in the midst of the Madison Square townhouse development. In fact, only the townhouses on the north side of Alexander Lane have addresses of Alexander Lane, with those on the south side having Madison Street addresses (the non-garage sides of those townhouses front on Madison Street).

Alexander Lane is presumably named for the developer of Madison Square (and a number of other projects in and around Oak Park), Alex Troyanovsky, aka, "The Russian" (no, really!). Most recently Troyanovsky appeared in the news because of his failed plan to build a four-story condo/retail development at the corner of South Boulevard and Oak Park Avenue which displaced the restaurant Thyme & Honey (now in Forest Park) and Val's Halla Records (no ensconced in the Harrison Street arts district).

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