After six years of approvals and planning, construction is set to begin on the mixed-use Covent Hotel redevelopment this September. Planned by NHP Foundation, who had purchased the property in 2016, in partnership with Drummond Development, the project at 2653 N Clark Street in Lincoln Park will reuse the existing Covent Hotel building while adding a new seven-story edifice to the parking lot behind the existing building. Overseen by Weese Langley Weese Architects, the historic Covent Hotel is being renovated from 64 SRO units into 30 affordable studio apartments. The street-facing ground level will also provide 4,700 square feet of retail space along Clark Street.
The new construction has been designed by Brininstool + Lynch, and will include 84 market-rate units, split into 12 studios, 30 one-bedrooms, and 24 two-bedroom apartments. The building will stand 80 feet in height and be clad in a mix of brick and aluminum-framed windows. There will also be private recessed balconies on the corners of the building. There is a lobby and amenity space for people on the first floor, with access to an 84-bike bike room and a 52-vehicle garage.
Bus access can be found for Routes 22 and 36 at the adjacent corner of Clark & Drummond, while service for Route 76 is slightly further to the north at Diversey & Clark/Broadway. CTA L trains for the Brown and Purple Lines are available at Diversey station via an 11-minute walk southeast.
The developers are in talks with US Housing and Urban Development to finalize legal documentation. They expect this process will be completed within the next couple of weeks, at which point construction can begin on site and last around 12 months before completion, with Linn-Mathes enlisted as general contractor. As such, completion is expected for the third quarter of 2023.