Renderings revealed for a proposed mixed-use development at 160 N Morgan Street in West Loop. Located on a midblock site, the property fronts N Morgan Street between W Randolph Street and W Lake Street. The parcel will be bound by alleyways to the north, south, and west. Sterling Bay is the developer behind the proposal.
Designed by bKL Architecture, the proposed construction would be a 33-story mixed-use tower. Rising 380 feet tall, the building will feature ground-floor retail and 320 residential units. The development will meet the street with retail space on the northern portion, with the residential lobby along the southern end of the eastern elevation. The exact unit mix is yet to be finalized, but the 320 residences will be a majority of studio and convertible dwellings.
The base of the massing relates to its context by creating relief for the pedestrian experience and keeping views to the historic building to the south. The podium sets back at the residential lobby to announce the entry space, while holding the property line along the retail space. The overall massing will be broken down by stepping the top of the tower and carving the volume at the fifth floor.
The structure will be clad in glass and metal panel, with a brick masonry podium. The podium utilizes a punched opening reading with masonry piers coming down to grade. The architectural expression nods to the industrial fabric by using an articulated metal expression of columns and metal cross bracing above the entrance.
Loading and parking will be accessed from the alley. The fifth floor will hold amenity space as well as an outdoor amenity deck. The 32nd floor will feature additional amenity space for tenants.
The developers will pay approximately $2.74 million into the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund for an Floor Area Ratio bonus. More than 60 units will be designated as affordable, with 10 percent of those included on site, with the remaining 10 percent built off site. The development will require approvals from the alderman, Chicago Plan Commission, Committee on Zoning, and the Chicago City Council. Construction is expected to begin later in 2021 with a roughly 24 month construction timeline.