The Chicago Plan Commission has approved a mixed-use development located at 37 S Sangamon Street in West Loop. Located across from Mary Bartelme Park, the project site is a corner lot at the intersection of S Sangamon Street and W Monroe Street. Fern Hill is the developer behind the proposal.
Designed by GREC Architects, the development will produce a 19-story structure. Poised to rise 238 feet, the tower will hold 80 condominium units with ground-floor retail space. The unit mix will include two-, three-, and four-bedroom residences, with an average size of 2200 square feet. A dog park spanning 500 square feet is located on the northern side of the site. Parking for 115 cars will be included in the development, with bike parking also provided.
Using a rectangular massing, the tower is oriented north to south to maximize views for neighboring buildings. The tower sets back as the structure rises, resulting in smaller floor plates towards the top. Setbacks help to preserve views while forming a sculpted crown that creates visual interest. Outdoor spaces for residential units will be included for every unit, and will be a minimum of 150 square feet.
The ground floor design lines the frontage along S Sangamon Street and W Monroe Street with active uses. The residential lobby will be placed at the corner of the building, setting back to create more visibility and pedestrian space. There will be a single curb cut along S Sangamon Street that brings all loading internal to the site. Amenity spaces will screen the parking from the park on the two parking floors. An amenity terrace will be offered on the fifth floor.
The project site is currently zoned DX-5, which will remain as part of the Planned Development. This designation will allow the developers to pay $1.7 million into the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund to allow for additional floor area ratio.
The development will meet sustainability requirements by receiving a Green Globes 2-Globes certification, providing EV charging stations and readiness, installing a CTA digital display, and committing to an 80 percent diversion of construction waste. For affordable housing requirements, the developer will support the construction of 16 affordable units off-site.
The pre-sales period for the development will begin in fall 2021. Power Construction is the general contractor for the construction. Construction is expected to break ground at the end of 2021 or in early 2022. With a construction period of 16-18 months, completion is expected for mid-2023.