Renderings have been revealed for a proposed seven-story mixed-use development at 817 W Lake Street in the West Loop. Located at the intersection of N Green Street and W Lake Street, the subject property is made up of two lots that will be combined. These include the original Subarea B from the Shapack Partners’ 167 N Green Street project and the existing structure at 817 W Lake Street. Sancerre Realty is the developer behind the proposal.
Designed by Eckenhoff Saunders Architects, the new construction is expected to rise 109 feet, with approximately 7,600 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The upper floors will provide approximately 10,000 square feet of office space per floor. No parking will be included.
The design takes inspiration from the history of the neighborhood, referencing the patterning of materials and how they are stacked. The materiality clearly expresses the ground-floor retail space via the dark metal, columns, and honed black granite. The rectilinear facade uses a large patterning that creates hierarchy in the facade expression with mullions and brick detailing. The brick and glass edifice will wrap three sides of the massing, including one facing a public alley. The service core of elevators and stairs will be placed along the eastern wall of the structure, adjacent to the 167 N Green Street project.
The developers plan to use the current site conditions for the existing BLVD Steakhouse in the interim, converting the empty lot into outdoor dining. Designed by Aria Group Architects, the new seating arrangements will offer bar seating, conventional dining, and cocktail lounge space.
The overall development will need to be approved by the Chicago Plan Commission as an amendment to the existing Planned Development 1359. Sancerre Realty will pay approximately $526,000 into the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund for an floor area ratio bonus. Additional approvals required include aldermanic approval, zoning approval, and a final approval by the Chicago City Council. Construction will break ground this fall or spring 2022 based on market conditions and securing a tenant. Work is expected to take between 14 and 16 months.