The Chicago Plan Commission has approved a new industrial development at 1237 W Division Street in West Town. The proposal replaces a currently empty lot and parking lot that once housed a Peoples Gas facility on the corner of N Elston Avenue, bound by the Metra UP-N and NW tracks to the west. The project is being led by developers LPC Division I with Ware Malcomb serving as the architect for the modern design in the quickly changing area.
LPC, or Logistics Property Company is a national developer of industrial and logistics properties. This new two-building development would be Chicago’s first Class A, multi-story logistics facility near downtown. The once heavily industrialized area is changing but the approval shows there is still demand for such projects on the large plots of land near the city. The majority of the site would be occupied by the two-story industrial building with attached stacked vehicle ramps; this will be connected to an adjacent five-story parking garage.
The industrial building will act as two stacked 252,700-square-feet warehouses, each one will be roughly 36-feet-tall with an option for a mezzanine in select areas. These will contain 28-truck dock positions each with the in-between levels offering parking for other operation vehicles, all four floors will be connected with two linear ramps and a large helix ramp. Tenants can also build out up to 50,000 square feet of office space in total. The adjoining parking garage will be connected by an overhead bridge and hold roughly 405 vehicle spaces spread across five stories.
The precast concrete panel building will be painted in shades of black and gray instead of its originally proposed beige, it will also incorporate large-scale art installations such as the parking garage being clad in a graphical perforated metal panel. The 89-foot-tall structure will now be able to move forward with construction as it is part of a planned development. However at the moment, neither a groundbreaking nor construction timeline has been revealed but the site has been cleared and remediated from its previous use.