The two elevator and stair cores have now reached full height at Inspire West Town, hinting at the eight-story project’s future presence beside the Kennedy Expressway. Located at 1140 W Erie Street, the building is being developed by Bond Companies, and is set to include a mix of ground-level retail and 113 rental apartment units. A total of 23 affordable units will be provided under the affordable requirements ordinance, six of which will be on-site and the remaining 17 elsewhere in the vicinity.
Unit sizes range from studios through three-bedrooms, with select layouts offering private balcony space. Amenities will comprise of a fitness center, a dog run and spa, an eighth-floor rooftop deck with skyline views, and a 4,300-square-foot terrace on the second floor.
Designed by Fitzgerald Associates, the building involves a wedge-shaped footprint to conform to the irregular shape of the lot. The actual residential tower portion involves two wings that flank the second-floor deck. Enveloping this massing will be a multi-colored matte metal paneling. The facade along the first floor will involve a mix of stone and brick.
The transit-oriented development will offer just 23 on-site parking spots and 86 bike spaces. Despite the low number of spaces, future residents will have access to an array of nearby transportation options. For bus service, Route 65 is available at Grand & Racine via a four-minute walk southwest. A six-minute walk northeast is the tri-point intersection of Milwaukee, Ogden, and Chicago, with service for Routes 56 and 66. This intersection also offers CTA L Blue Line service via Chicago station. Those looking for Green and Pink Line service can access Morgan station via a 15-minute walk southeast.
Just across the Kennedy expressway to the northeast are a variety of dining and bar options. Parks within the area comprise of Eckhart Park to the northwest and Bickerdike Square Park to the southwest.
The $40 million project is being carried out by Global Builders Inc., with an anticipated completion penned for next year.