Initial details have been revealed for the redevelopment of an existing commercial building at 900 N North Branch Street on Goose Island. Located just west of the intersection with N Halsted Street, the existing masonry-clad, industrial-style building most famously housed local culinary school Kendall College for many years and is now being pivoted as class A office space. Owner and developer W.P. Carey is working with Madison Rose on the project and are currently in the selection process for an architect to execute the renovations.
The building stands next to the future site of Onni’s Halsted Point development with a 504-foot-tall residential tower at 901 N Halsted Street City Council approved late last year. The 170,000-square-foot structure anchors the nearly three-acre campus that developers have expressed could be utilized by a single tenant. Adjacent to downtown and the growing West Loop area, companies like the famed Hogsalt Restaurant Group have recently relocating their headquarters nearby.
The site features a private one-acre park on the river with the potential for a boat dock and future water-taxi stop. Although the developer’s plans are still being finalized, the renovation work will include finishing the demolition of the existing tenant spaces and the modernization of the HVAC system, followed by the potential construction of new amenity spaces like a fitness center, cafe, lounge, and a new lobby as well. The eight-story building will offer 16,000- to 37,000-square-foot floor plates with tall ceilings, plenty of windows, and access to 140-vehicle parking spaces with 40 spaces adjacent to the building and 100 spaces in a lot across the street.
Future users will have access to a Divvy docking station and bus service for CTA Route 8 in front of the building along with Route 66 via a three-minute walk, Route 70 via an eight-minute walk, and the CTA Blue Line at Chicago station via a seven-minute walk. With the interior demolition already taking place, interior work is expected to begin later this year. As for the famed Kendall College sign atop of the structure, a future tenant could rebrand it to feature a new name over the north branch of the Chicago River.