The proposed zoning has been approved for a mixed-use, seven-story development at 1623 N Halsted Street on the border of Lincoln Park and Old Town. Located along N Halsted Street, the interior site is between W Concord Place and W Willow Street. The lot is directly north of the CTA Brown Line tracks and is a transit-served location. The immediate area consists of low-rise residential and mixed-use buildings, with a mix of office and restaurants at grade and residential units above. The new development will replace four existing buildings. JDL Development and Logan Ventures are in charge of the development.
The developer proposed to rezone the site to allow for the larger building, which has been approved. The existing zoning is B3-2, Community Shopping District, while the new zoning will be B3-5, Community Shopping District, The final zoning will designate the site as a Residential-Business Planned Development.
Designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, the development will rise 84 feet high, and hold 79 residential units and 4,750 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The structure will hold 79 bicycle parking spaces but no accessory vehicle parking.
The site plan shows that the project site is bounded by the CTA L tracks to the south, by the public alley to the east, by N Halsted Street to the west, and an adjacent property setback 17.5 feet to the north. The new development will enhance the streetscape by closing curb cuts and offering bicycle amenities.
Typical floor plans show that the first floor will hold the commercial space and residential lobby, with back of house space and bike parking accessed off of the rear alley. The second through sixth floor plans include units setback off of the public alley, creating a terrace along the alley, while a setback on the south side creates another terrace. The seventh floor setbacks from N Halsted Street and the CTA L tracks, which maximizes access to outdoor space and minimizes the visual impact on N Halsted Street. The setback becomes imperceptible at grade.
The façade of the building is clad in a warm gray-tone red brick with champagne-colored painted aluminum panels in an articulated pattern of vertical ribbing. The distinguishing feature of the form is the rounded corners, which relate to the bend in the CTA L tracks.
A maximum of storefront glazing and active uses are implemented along N Halsted Street. The northern elevation shows the seventh floor setback, while the eastern elevation shows the view in the alley. The southern elevation is the view facing the tracks, and shows the rounded corners and integration of aluminum panels. The windows are inset with punched openings within the masonry wall, framed inside matching aluminum projections.
CTA access near the site is plentiful. The North/Clybourn CTA L station, serviced by the Red Line, can be reached within a two-minute walk. The 8, 9, and 72 CTA bus routes can be accessed at the corner of W North Avenue and N Halsted Street, also within a two-minute walk from the site.
The development is estimated to cost approximately $20 million. An official timeline has not been announced for the project.