Construction is now complete for the second phase of an adaptive reuse project known as Mural Park. The developers Condor Partners, Transwestern, and Chicago Development Partners have converted two four-story masonry warehouses to commercial and office space, while adding a new park space in between. The second phase of this project is the southern of the two buildings, located at 920 W Cullerton Street. Last year, it was announced that the parent company of Blue Cross Blue Shield would lease the entirety of this second building.
Office amenities comprise of indoor bike storage with a repair and cleaning services, local food operators and breweries in both buildings, and a rooftop deck with expansive city views on the first-phase building. This deck is available to tenants in both buildings, and can be reserved for private events. The landscaping portion will provide access to lounge and seating areas, as well as a new outdoor art gallery.
JGMA oversaw the design of the conversion’s first phase, while SEEK Design + Architecture is behind the second phase. Additionally, Site Design Group is responsible for the surrounding landscape architecture. Work within each of the 100,000-square-foot buildings has involved window replacement, facade refurbishment, and renovation of the interior. Other changes included updates to the stair egress, elevator cores, structural rehabilitation where applicable, and new mechanical systems.
Closest bus service can be found at the 18th & Sangamon intersection, within a two-minute walk from the site. Also within walking distance is access to Routes 8 & 62 via the Halsted & 18th stop. For the CTA L, closest service can be found for the Orange Line at Halsted station, an 11-minute walk south.
The development is in close proximity of a robust bar, dining, and retail scene within the Pilsen neighborhood, particularly along 18th Street and S Blue Island Avenue. The property also directly borders the new four-mile bike and walking path known as El Paseo. Similar to The 606 that runs through Wicker Park, this thoroughfare will be equipped with seating areas, public art, and gardens.
Integrated Construction Company served as general contractor for the first phase’s northern building. The second phase, meanwhile, was completed by Rex Construction. With the conversion of both warehouses complete, the only remaining work involves the surrounding landscaping.