by Kelsey Shea

Northsiders can expect to see progress on The Garden Theater Block by the end of the summer said developers at Zukin Realty.

Wayne Zukin, Zukin Realty president, said that construction on the Masonic Building at 12 W. North Ave. and the Garden Theater Building at 10 W. North Ave. is on schedule and will begin within the next two months.

“We should have the first two buildings done by early 2014,” said Zukin, who said the developers’ current focus is on completing financing and closing on the two buildings.

The Central Northside City of Asylum signed the lease for the Masonic Building, where they plan to build a literary center, bookstore and café called Alphabet City.

The Garden Theater building will be the site of an Italian restaurant, appropriately named Il Giardino, run by Piccolo Forno owner Domenic Branduzzi.

Zukin Realty is still talking with several other businesses about the remaining store fronts in the block.

“We’re excited to get in there and get started,” said Zukin. “It’s going to be fun.”