Concrete and steel construction has begun to rise at Fulton River District‘s 354 N Union Avenue, where Onni Development Group has planned a 32-story residential tower. Set to include 373 rental units, the tower’s offerings will mainly consist of studios, one-bedrooms, and two-bedrooms. However, planning documents show that the penthouse units will vary between two- and three-bedroom residences.
Residents will find amenity spaces across multiple floors. An accessory park space will be included at the lowest level directly north of the building, while an outdoor pool deck and indoor amenity space will occupy the third floor. Lastly, there will also be a 31st-floor common area with an attached terrace. The exact uses within the aforementioned indoor spaces have yet to be revealed.
Pappageorge Haymes is the design architect, whose glass-clad tower appears as a crystalline shape that comes with various setbacks and angles. The top of this tower continues this theme with a pointed parapet, reaching a final height of 410 feet.
The site lies adjacently east of the Fulton Market/West Loop neighborhood, and is bound by K2 apartments to the north, a Jewel Osco and parking lot area to the east, the Union Pacific rail tracks to the south and both Halsted Street and below-grade Kennedy Expressway to the west. Residents will be able to easily access Halsted from the third level either via a cantilevered bridge or by a secondary garage ramp. To the east, Union Avenue will be accessible from the first level, while the Jewel Osco parking lot will be connected via a skybridge from the third floor.
The project will continue to fill the high rise gap between the rapidly developing Fulton Market district and the West Loop Gate towers that border the river.
Residents will find bus transit for Route 56 available at Des Plaines & Kinzie/Milwaukee, located via a three-minute walk east. Also in the area is Route 65 to the north and Route 8 to the west along Halsted. Closest CTA L Blue Line service can be found at Grand station via a five-minute walk northwest, while the Green and Pink Lines at Clinton station is available via a seven-minute walk southeast.
Beyond the new mini-park located at the first level, residents will also find the nearby Fulton River Park via a three-minute walk east. This sloped venue includes open grass space and a playground.
Onni Contracting, a subsidiary of Onni Group, is serving as the general contractor, with work penned for sometime in the second half of 2023.