The Commission on Chicago Landmarks has approved the partial demolition of an existing historical industrial building for an upcoming mixed-use development at 210 N Aberdeen Street in the West Loop. Located just south of the intersection with W Fulton Street, the demolition approval allows the greater high-rise project to proceed forward with its approval process. Developer LG Development Group is working with local firm NORR.
The demolition approved focuses on a 1950’s addition to the Arthur Harris Building built in 1904, with the majority of the historical structure remaining and receiving extensive repairs to its windows, masonry facade, and interior structural wood cross-beams, allowing it to become a new retail space. The restored space will connect to the 19-story, 239-foot tall-tower and its three-story retail anchored podium.
The lot will hold a pseudo three-section tower containing 414 residential units split into 50 percent one-bedrooms, 30 percent studios, and 20 percent two-bedroom floor plans, of which 83 units will be affordable. The podium will also hold 102 vehicle parking spaces along with the aforementioned retail space and residential lobby on N Aberdeen, with the streetfront on N May Street having the parking garage entrance and a bicycle parking lounge to activate the streetfront.
To decrease the impact of the large massing, NORR gave each portion a different industrial style facade to minimize the visual impact on the surrounding area. The eastern tower, which will be parallel to N Aberdeen, will have inset balconies on the ends with a large rooftop deck and penthouse amenity space. The central connector portion will be clad in the same brick as the podium with punched windows, with the adjacent western portion, perpendicular to N May, having a similar glass and metal finish with central inset balconies.
Future residents will have access to a rooftop pool and various outdoor decks as well as other standard amenities like a full gym and bike repair areas. The approval is one of the last pieces remaining before the anticipated spring 2022 ground breaking of the $140 million project as it has received zoning, plan commission, and city council approval already.