The Chicago Plan Commission has approved a nine-story mixed-use development at 862 N Orleans Street in the Near North Side. The interior lot is located along N Orleans Street between W Chestnut Street and W Locust Street. The nearest public transportation is the CTA Route 37, accessed at the Orleans and Chestnut bus stop, within one minute of the site. The Chicago CTA L station, serviced by the Brown and Purple Lines, is a four-minute walk away. Praia Management Group and Stob Hotel are responsible for the project.
Designed by Ethos Workshop Architects, the project will rise 109 feet with ground-floor retail and 66 hotel rooms on the floors above. The application looks to rezone the property from C1-2 to DX-5 and then to a business planned development. The developers will be paying into the neighborhood opportunity fund to increase the FAR from 5 to 6.4. The building will fill in the currently vacant lot on site.
The site plan for the project shows the rectangular site with the building setback from the street. This setback creates a larger pedestrian space along N Orleans Street, which is a normally narrower sidewalk. Service areas are located along the western side, fronted by a public alleyway.
The project has a partial basement for storage and utility. The first floor has the hotel entry at the southern end of the building. The first floor also holds the elevator lobby and administration area. Commercial restaurant space will take up the rest of the ground floor. Levels two through seven reflect the same organization of hotel guest rooms, with ten guest rooms per floor. The east side of the building has balconies on the northern and southern ends of the east facade.
The eighth floor provides a minimal variation by having two-room suites and balconies on the west facade as well. The ninth floor is essentially a rooftop level, with an outdoor public area for a rooftop restaurant and hotel deck. Public restaurants and an independent kitchen for the restaurant will be located on the same level. The outdoor restaurant area on the east side will be covered, while the western outdoor patio will be open to the sky.
The project incorporates true finished materials on all four sides, while featuring a traditional base, middle, and top, however with modernist touches. The west elevation is facing the less public side, but is made sure it’s not a forgotten side. It has mostly the same treatment as the west, more public side. The building uses a masonry veneer of dark charcoal brick, cast stone for the base and cornice, metal panels, finished in dark gray offering horizontal breaks, and a painted steel canopy to cover the rooftop dining space.
The project will meet the Chicago Sustainability Policy, by receiving a WELL certification, exceeding the energy code by 10 percent, reducing water use by 25 percent, being in proximity to transit, hosting bike parking, and meeting an 80 percent threshold of construction waste diversion.
Pepper Construction Company is joining forces with Brown and Momen Inc. for the construction of the project. No official timeline has been announced for the development.