Demolition permits have now been issued for a three-story building at 140 N Ashland Avenue in Near West Side, where developer Marquette Companies has planned a 12-story mixed-use building. The to-be-demolished edifice formerly housed the Women’s Treatment Center, which has since relocated as part of a downsizing. Its replacement will integrate with an adjacent 1920s-era brick and limestone building, offering 210 apartments in total.
At the eastern end of the high-rise addition will be a single retail unit, while extensive amenity areas will be housed within both structures. These common areas will include a lounge and co-working space, as well as an indoor/outdoor amenity deck on the 12th floor of the new mid rise. There will also be a notable sustainability aspect to the project, which involves a series of green roofs, electric vehicle charging stations, and a diversion of 80 percent construction waste.
Floorplans range from studios up to three-bedroom residences, with private balconies offered for select units. There will also be 32 affordable units, of which 11 will be on site. Marquette Companies will also contribute roughly $23,500 to each of the Local Impact and Adopt-a-Landmark Funds and $188,000 to the Neighborhoods Opportunity Fund.
Brininstool + Lynch is the project architect, whose design for the new construction involves a two-story rectangular podium, and two fused tower volumes. One of the tower volumes will have a notable crown-like appearance that extends past the second volume. The facade itself will combine an array of materials, including glass, metal paneling, and three different shades of fiber cement paneling.
The current project falls at the heels of other developments by this Marquette and Brininstool + Lynch partnership, such as the 11-story Evo Union Park just across the street, the 26-story Parq Fulton, the 13-story project known as The Mason, and the three-building IMD masterplan just to the southwest.
The site is adjacently south of the Ashland station, which offers CTA L service for both the Pink and Green Lines. Underneath this elevated station are bus stops for Routes 9 and X9 buses. The Route 20 bus is also nearby via a five-minute walk south to Madison & Ashland.
Omega Demolition is serving as the wrecking contractor. As of now, now construction permits have been filed or issued, and a targeted completion date has not yet been revealed.