Remaining brickwork is taking shape for the mixed-use Southbridge Phase I in Near South Side. The construction comprises of two six-story buildings under the addresses 2310 S State Street and 2344 S State Street. McCaffrey and The Community Builders‘ plans for this initial stage comprise of a total of a total of 206 mixed-income apartment units and ground-level retail, divided evenly between the two mirrored structures.
Nia Architects is the designer for both of the current phase edifices, which take on a brick, fiber cement, dark metal theme, adapting to the aesthetic of much of the surrounding cityscape. A series of partially-recessed private balconies will also be distributed throughout much of the exterior, while the sixth level will house setbacks to accommodate amenity terrace areas.
The overall Southbridge plan, designed by Gensler and Antunovich Associates, will yield 877 residences split into 770 apartments and 107 townhomes. This mixed-density megadvelopment will also come with 65,000 square feet of retail and various public areas interspersed. The majority of the units will be affordable, while the overall development footprint will fill a major gap left by the demolition of Harold Ickes Homes in 2010.
Though residents will have access to surface-level parking options located in the rear, the near vicinity is also be inundated with various public transportation access points. Closest service for bus Route 29 is available at the adjacent corners of State & 23rd and State & 24th. Meanwhile, those looking to board buses for Routes 21 will find additional service to the northeast, while stops for Routes 1 and 4 can be found to the east.
As for the CTA L, residents looking to board Green Line trains will find access via Cermak-McCormick station, a three-minute walk east. Meanwhile, those looking to board the Red Line will find service via Cermak-Chinatown station, an eight-minute walk northeast. Lastly, anyone looking to board the Metra will find McCormick Place station located a 20-minute walk east.
McShane Powers Joint Venture has served as general contractor. Construction and subsequent move-ins are expected to take place this fall.