Demolition of the former Archer Daniels Midland Wheat Mill (ADM) is now complete, with a secondary twist seen on its grounds. The property, located at 1300 W Carroll Avenue in West Loop and owned by Sterling Bay, has now installed a sign with several clues that construction may be around the corner.
The sign is accompanied by a partial rendering of a glassy new edifice, as well as a QR code for further details. Currently the QR code navigates to Sterling Bay’s website, and it does not appear that official plans have yet been posted. However, the inclusion of contact information for Jessica Brown, Sterling Bay’s director of leasing, and Russell Cora, the executive vice president, suggests that more information may be imminent.
Directly west of the lot is the site of 1200 W Carroll Avenue, which has also undergone demolition in recent months. Sterling Bay also owns this property, and has published in-depth plans for a dramatic cantilevered office design by Gensler.
Renderings of 1200 W Carroll Avenue show a taller structure directly behind it at 1300 W Carroll Avenue. However, this earlier rendering was conceptual given by the fact that it shows the wheat mill still standing. As of now, it is unknown if Gensler has also designed 1300 W Carroll Avenue, and what the anticipated height will be.
From the partial rendering, the facade involves a glass curtain wall with offset windows on each floor. The rendering also shows column of recessed balconies and a rooftop terrace at the top.
Any future tenants and visitors will find bus access to Route 65, available via a seven-minute walk northeast to Grand & Ogden. Also nearby are stops for Route 9 at Ashland & Carroll, a seven-minute walk west, as well as Route 20 via a 10-minute walk south to various intersections along Madison. Nearest CTA L service can also be found via an eight-minute walk southwest to Ashland station, with service for the Green and Pink Lines.
Heneghan Wrecking & Excavating served as the demolition contractor for the mill. As of now, the planned general contractor for any replacing structure has not been revealed, and no construction permits have yet been filed or issued. Given that the parcel is currently zoned for M2-3 Light Industry District, Sterling Bay will also need to apply for a zoning change for any new development to proceed. Additionally, no timeline details have yet been revealed.