Zoning has been approved for the updated mixed-use development at 4600 N Kenmore Avenue in Uptown. Located on a site at the corner of W Wilson Avenue and N Kenmore Avenue, the proposal consists of the new mixed-use structure at 4600 N Kenmore Avenue and the existing former bank building at 1050 W Wilson Avenue.
Developed by Cedar St. Companies, the zoning approval allows for the amendment to the Planned Development, creating two sub-areas, with one being the existing former bank building and the other for the existing parking lot that will be redeveloped with 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 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 set back to 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 separate 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 design of the building was altered since the original approval. The massing of the structure has since been reduced in height from eight to five stories, and the number of units from 110 to 62. Parking access has been relocated to N Winthrop Avenue.
The Wilson CTA L station, serviced by the Red 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 zoning approval and previous approval from the Chicago Plan Commission, the development can move forward with submitting plans for permitting and construction. Permits for both the new construction and the historic bank building renovation have been filed and await approval. An official timeline for the project has not been announced.