The Chicago Committee on Design has reviewed plans for a residential development at 1234 W Randolph Street in Fulton Market. Located just east of the intersection with N Elizabeth Street, it will replace two small commercial structures sandwiched between Alhambra Palace and City Winery. Developers Azur Holdings and Golub & Company are working with local firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB) on the design of the tower which replaces previous plans that called for a new outpost of the Standard Hotel.
Rising 42 stories and 470 feet tall, its ground floor was one of the main points of contention with the committee due to its programming. Anchoring the entry is a new 2,500-square-foot courtyard with new landscaping and expanded sidewalk for a new drop off area on W Randolph Street. Directly off of that will be a residential lobby, mail room, a leasing office, bike parking, and ramp up to the parking levels. The members mainly commented on the necessity of the plaza and why a retail space wasn’t considered instead given the neighboring context, with the developer stating there simply wasn’t room.
Above that within floors two through five will be 124 vehicle parking spaces along with additional bike parking for a total of 200 spaces. The design of the podium was also brought up, the different materials and lack of permeability makes it feel disconnected from the rest of the tower which the committee would like to see addressed. Topping said podium on the sixth floor will be an amenity space with an outdoor pool along with additional tenant recreation spaces on the 35th floor including a large outdoor terrace as the building sets back.
The remaining floors will contain 400 residential units made up of predominantly studios, convertibles and one-bedrooms, with an additional few two-bedrooms. Of these, 80 will be considered affordable per city guidelines offered for those making less than the Area Median Income (AMI). The tower itself is meant to feel like two colliding masses, the taller of which will be clad in glass and dark terracotta panels, while the shorter one will boast all glass with metal details as it is supposed to resemble a jewel.
Additional comments were made on the overall cohesiveness of the design, which the developer responded to and expressed the difficulty of pleasing all parties within the city departments. Having been revealed only a few weeks ago, the project will now return to the drawing board before re-submitting and moving on with the approval process, the team hopes to begin work next year with a completion expected within 24 months of doing so.