Proposals to build a lime green apartment building for Logan Square, a riverfront office building in Lincoln Park, a transformation of the old main campus building at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and a new 13-story hotel for Old Town are just some of the applications on the Plan Commission agenda for today.
Commissioners will also reconsider a plan from the Park District that would expand the parking lot at the 31st Street beach. The item was held two months ago at the request of newly appointed 4th Ward Ald. Sophia King, who raised concerns that the added parking would only be available for people with harbor passes.
Two of the development applications on the agenda are Transit Oriented Developments (TODs). One, to be located at 2328 N. California Avenue in the 1st Ward, went through significant revisions at the request of neighborhood groups. The developer, Savoy Development, had originally proposed building micro apartments. Now, they’ll be adding 134 units of varying sizes. About 9,000 square feet of ground floor commercial retail and an adjacent pocket park are also planned, as are 44 parking stalls. Due to the building’s proximity to the California Avenue Blue Line stop, the developer doesn’t have to include one-for-one parking.
It’s a similar case for developer John Kelly’s plan to build an 11-story, mixed-use building with ground floor retail and 175 apartments at 768 North Aberdeen Street, next to the Blue Line’s Chicago Avenue stop. The site in River West (27th Ward) is currently a parking lot. Kelly filed his application in September, before the new beefed up Affordable Housing requirements kicked in.
Developer Sterling Bay is behind a plan to build an approximately 207,000-square-foot office development at 1515 W. Webster Avenue, a block east of the Chicago River in the city’s 2nd Ward. The site, according to Curbed Chicago, is the former home of the Gurmann Leather Tannery, and Sterling Bay has already signed a 15-year agreement with CH Robinson, a transportation company, to be the sole tenant.
Further north, about two blocks west of the Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course near the border of Wrigleyville and Uptown, Vermilion Development plans to construct a 10-story mixed use building at the site of an abandoned gas station (3901 N. Broadway Avenue). Amenities would include 3,200-square-feet of ground floor commercial retail, 100 dwelling units on the floors above, and parking for 59 cars.
There’s also an application from Ghian Foreman to amend the parameters of an existing planned development agreement with the city for the Illinois Institute Technology campus in order to add residential units and “other minor site alterations” to the 6-story historic main campus building at 3300 South Federal Street, located in the 3rd Ward. According to the application Foreman filed in February, between 81 and 104 units are planned (the numbers on the agenda don’t match the application). Foreman is also the Executive Director of the Greater Southwest Development Corporation and a member of the city’s Police Board.