Close to topping out is a 22-story residential building at 513 S Damen Avenue in the Illinois Medical District (IMD). This 242-foot-tall edifice developed by Marquette Companies will yield 279 rental apartment units and 1,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor.
Planned amenities include a sprawling pool deck on the fourth floor, a fully-equipped fitness center, a work and study area, a dog park and wash, and a 20th-floor rooftop deck facing east toward downtown.
Brininstool + Lynch is the project architect, whose design is a primarily glass curtain wall structure with secondary metal panels and overhanging balconies. Already, many of the windows have been installed, though the exterior is still awaiting metal paneling.
Dubbed “Damen Tower” as part of a larger three-building masterplan, the structure will eventually link to a second building directly south along Harrison Avenue, sharing the amenity deck and parking access. The third building in Marquette Companies’ plan is the already-complete renovation of a midcentury building at 1926 W Harrison Street. This scheme represents a new surge of development in the IMD, reflecting a broader vision to modernize the neighborhood and provide adequate housing for those working at the medical centers.
The site lies in close proximity to various public transportation options, including service for the CTA L Blue Line directly north via the Illinois Medical District station. Additional L trains for the Pink Line are available at Polk station via an 11-minute walk southeast. For bus transit, stops for Routes 7, 50, and 126 can all be found within a two-minute walking radius.
Power Construction is the general contractor, with completion now slated for March 2023.
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Looking at this project, I have an overwhelming desire to hit the snooze button, but I am afraid I would wake up in 1983, when this was apparently designed as an alternative to the Presidential Towers. On the other hand, it is a vast improvement over rubble strewn vacant lots and burnt out shells of buildings that were there.
Yesterday there was a post about the development on ogden in the IMD – being built on vacant lots and being poorly executed (and maybe just being a neutral to slightly positive development). But this is 10x better even if its not perfect. This area needed a development like this.
I detest overhanging balconies.
I think this looks great especially considering the location frankly. Overhang balconies may not contribute to a buildings architectural form but they certainly contribute to peoples wellbeing. One of the best amenities to have in any apt building imo.