Development company Sterling Bay owns the six-story facility and site, which it purchased from ADM in 2018 for $25 million. ADM’s decision to move its productions to Mendota highlights the recent shift of the former industrial district to a mix of residential, retail, and office.
Sterling Bay also owns the neighboring 1200 W Carroll Avenue, the site of a planned 14-story office building with nearly a half million square feet. As for the ADM site, Sterling Bay has not announced plans for its replacement, though a previous rendering of the Gensler-designed 1200 W Carroll depict an even taller neighbor at the adjacent 1300 block. This exact design for 1300 W Carroll is purely conceptual, confirmed by the fact that it shows the mill preserved in its entirety. However, its inclusion hints of Sterling Bay’s potential ambitions for the property. Beyond the standard construction permits, any new building will require additional zoning approval, as the property currently is zoned for M2-3 Light Industry District.
Future occupants will be located near various bus routes, the closest of which is Route 65 located a seven-minute walk northeast to Grand & Ogden. Additional service within a 10-minute walk includes Route 9 to the west and Route 20 to the south. For the CTA L, those looking to board the Green and Pink Line trains will find Morgan station via a 10-minute walk southeast. Nearest availability for the Blue Line is slightly further via a 17-minute walk northeast to Grand station.
Heneghan Wrecking & Excavating has overseen the nearly complete demolition. No other permits have been filed or issued. As of now, Sterling Bay has not indicated whether it will develop both 1200 and 1300 W Carroll alongside one another, or if the timeline for the two will be more staggered.