Construction is expected to commence on an adaptive reuse development located at 1358 W Chestnut Street in Noble Square. Located at the intersection of N Noble Street and W Chestnut Street, the development boundaries will include St. Boniface Church and the vacant land to the north and east of the church. Stas Development is the developer behind the proposal.
Originally approved in 2018, the project will preserve the church by converting it into 17 condominiums. Designed by SPACE Architects + Planners, an additional building will be constructed to the east of the church on a vacant parcel. That structure will rise four stories and hold another 24 condo units. The affordable housing component for the development will be fulfilled via a new two-story building located to the north of the church at 921 N Noble Street. Four affordable units will be provided.
St. Boniface Church, originally designed by architect Henry Schlacks, features a four-tower, Romanesque Revival design. The Archdiocese of Chicago closed the church in 1990 and used it for storage. It was threatened with demolition in 1999 and 2016. The 2016 plan from a developer looked to demolish the church and build new single-family homes.
The Chicago CTA L station, serviced by the Blue Line, is a nine-minute walk from the property. The 66 CTA bus route, accessed at the Chicago and Noble stop, can be reached via a three-minute walk.
The current developer bought the church for $2.2 million in 2016 and got approval for the project in 2018. While a full construction timeline was not provided, construction is expected to break ground by the end of summer 2021. Pre-sales for the condominiums will possibly begin within the next couple months.
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