The Chicago Plan Commission has approved the updated development plans for 4600 N Kenmore Avenue in Uptown. Located at the corner of W Wilson Avenue and N Kenmore Avenue, the site consists of the new mixed-use development at 4600 N Kenmore Avenue and the existing former bank building at 1050 W Wilson Avenue.
Developed by Cedar St. Companies, the plan commission approval amends the Planned Development, creating two subareas, with one being the existing former bank building and a second being the existing parking lot that will be redeveloped into the mixed-use structure. The new approval allows for a theater use to be implemented at the former bank building.
Designed by Level Architecture, the new mixed-use project at 4600 N Kenmore Avenue will be a five-story building rising 63 feet. The structure will hold 62 residential units on the upper floors, with approximately 2,500 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. Residents will have access to a 13-space parking garage.
The design of the building was altered since the original approval. The massing of the structure was reduced in height from eight to five stories, The number of units was reduced from 110 to 62, and parking access was relocated to N Winthrop Avenue.
The building has three exposed facades, with each treated equally in materiality and finishes. The retail space is located along W Wilson Avenue and turns the corner onto N Kenmore Avenue to reinforce the corner. Parking is pushed to the northern side of the lot, with access from N Winthrop Avenue. The residential lobby is accessible from N Kenmore Avenue. A bike room with 62 spaces is accessible from inside the parking garage.
Residential units face to the outside perimeter of the building. A small setback in the center of the building creates a light court for two interior units per floor. The top floor setbacks create a perceived smaller massing, while giving the units on the fifth floor outdoor space. A shared rooftop lounge and rooftop terrace is located on the southeast corner of the building. The terraces will be separated by green roof landscaping.
The massing of the building is pushed back along the bank building to create a reveal. The retail corner features a mostly glass façade, while the addition of the articulation of columns is added away from the corner. The massing of the building will feature a slight setback and reveal at the residential lobby entrance. The windows are articulated via a subtle inset. Façade panels will be faceted metal panels that interact with the natural sunlight, giving an alternative shadow pattern to the building.
The Wilson CTA L station, serviced by the Pink and Purple Lines, is a two-minute walk away from the site. The 36 and 78 CTA bus routes, accessed at the Broadway and Wilson stop, are also within a two-minute walk of the site.
With this approval, the development can move forward with zoning approvals and then submitting plans for permitting and construction. An official timeline for the project has not been announced.