Construction Rapidly Progresses at 300 W Division Street in Old Town

300 W Division Street300 W Division Street. Photo by Jack Crawford

Photos taken yesterday show construction approaching the halfway point for a seven-story residential building at 300 W Division Street. Located in Old Town, the development is on the former site of a one-story Sammy’s Red Hots hotdog restaurant.

Site of 300 W Division Street

Site of 300 W Division Street. Visualizations by 42Floors (left) and Imperial Realty (right)

The development sites on the block bound by the CTA L Brown and Purple Lines to the west, the major Old Town Park residential complex to the south, and the commercial corridor of N Wells Street to the east.

Nearby bus transit includes a one-minute walk west to the 300 W Division stop, serviced by route 70. Additional bus access include route 37 at the Orleans and Division stop, a two-minute walk southwest, as well as route 156’s LaSalle & Division stop which is a four-minute walk east. For rail transit, the nearest CTA L stop is a four-minute walk east to the Clark/Division station, serviced by the Red Line. The Brown and Purple Lines can also be accessed via Sedgwick station, an 11-minute walk north. Other local points of interest include a two-minute walk southwest to the seven-acre Seward Park, as well as a 14-minute walk southeast to the center of the vibrant Rush & Division neighborhood.

300 W Division Street in June 2018, formerly a Sammy's Red Hots

300 W Division Street in June 2018, formerly a Sammy’s Red Hots. Via Google Maps

The Domain Group bought the 21,000-square-foot restaurant in 2018 for $6 million, according to Bisnow. Sammy’s announced that it was moving to 1241 N Clybourne Avenue just a few blocks west.

The Real Deal reported in 2018 that The Domain Group was planning a 105,000-square-foot building with micro-apartments for the site, predominantly one-bedrooms and studios. Although the official height has not been listed, zoning for the site allows up to a 70-foot-tall development. Despite prior reports of a six-story structure, more recent permits issued indicated a seven-story edifice with 89 units.

The project’s architect and renderings have not been revealed, although construction photos indicate that the building will have a brick facade with high ceilings spans on the ground floor.

No official completion date has been announced, though the current pace of construction suggests an opening in 2021.

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