Renderings have been revealed for a proposed mixed-use development at 741 N Wells Street in River North. Fronting N Wells Street, the project site is bound by W Chicago Avenue to the north, a public alley and parking lot to the east, and a small parking lot to the south. The property currently consists of a historic masonry structure at 755 N Wells Street that will be retained, a one-story retail structure, and a three-story masonry structure. Vista Property Group is the developer behind the proposal.
Designed by Antunovich Associates, the new construction would consist of a 21-story mixed-use tower. Rising 255 feet, the building will hold 9,400 square feet of retail space and 178 residential units. The apartment mix will comprise 70 studios, 68 one-bedrooms, and 40 two-bedroom residences. Additionally, 53 parking spaces will be provided.
The design of edifice is described as a contemporary loft vernacular, creating a modern building with predominantly floor-to-ceiling glass with small portions of metal paneling. The elevation along N Wells Street has a subtle serrated edge setting back from the street creating a dynamic street wall and allowing for southern views. The existing brick structure at 755 N Wells Street will be retained and its look and character will be maintained.
The ground floor will front N Wells Street and W Chicago Avenue with active uses. The residential lobby will be centered with the new construction, while the rest of the frontage will consist of retail space in the new structure and the existing 755 N Wells building. Setbacks from the tower run down to the street level, giving relief to the sidewalk and offering possible outdoor dining space for future retail tenants. Parking and loading will be accessible from the alley.
The second and third floor will hold parking space with bike parking for 150 bikes incorporated on the second floor. The third floor has an interior not air-conditioned dog run and an air-conditioned interior dog spa and wash. The fourth floor is the first level of the tower portion, including the first residential units, amenities, and a rooftop deck. Amenity space will include a fitness center, outdoor fitness space, and a rooftop deck that spans over and covers the roof of the existing 755 N Wells building. Private terraces will be included for fourth-floor units.
The tower portion will consist of 17 residential floors, 14 of those holding typical plans and the remaining three featuring penthouse units. The top floor holds the remaining amenity space offering more fitness space, a club room, an outdoor pool deck and terrace, and a coworking lounge. Residential balconies will run up the entire height of both the north and south elevations.
The podium will meet the ground with a granite base, while the edifice will utilize an aluminum window wall glazing with black metal panel spandrels. Parking floors will be treated with the same glass curtain wall as the residential floors, with an added translucent frit pattern.
The development will retain the existing brick building at 755 N Wells Street. The ground floor will continue to hold retail space with the upper two floors retaining the existing office space. The current tenants will remain in the building. The new construction will introduce an opportunity to connect the existing and new retail spaces that will share the wall between new and old construction along N Wells Street. The back of house corridor of the new building will continue through the existing structure at the ground floor to extend an exit onto W Chicago Avenue.
The developers will provide 18 affordable units, with four of the residences located on site. A $2.4 million fee paid in-lieu of the remaining units will be paid into the Affordable Housing Opportunity Fund. No zoning change is being sought, but a $2.4 million payment will be made to the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund to receive an floor area ratio bonus. The estimated $48-49 million project is currently going through the approval process. While not currently scheduled, the developers expect to be heard by the Chicago Plan Commission soon, with zoning and Chicago City Council approval required after that. Construction, once begun, is expected to last approximately 19 months. Skender Construction will be the general contractor in charge of the construction.