Updated renderings are currently making their way through zoning approvals as Pizzuti Development plans 1061 W Van Buren Street, a new 21-story mixed-use tower along the southern edge of West Loop. Officially addressed as 1011 W Van Buren Street, the project will be replacing a narrow vacant lot whose length runs west and east. Alongside completed towers like Avra West Loop and Landmark West Loop and other underway developments like 1044 W Van Buren and CA6, the new construction represents a growing node of high-density housing along the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290).
As noted in an article this week by Urbanize, Pizzuti Development had originally received an approval for the project in 2015, upon which they secured a five-year Planned Development extension in late 2017. The developer now appears poised to lock in their proposal for construction before the November 18th deadline arrives next month.
Since its previous iteration, the number of units within the scope will be retained. Changes, meanwhile, will include a height reduction from 26 stories to 21 stories and a parking reduction from 140 vehicles to 82 vehicles.
Another change will be the design itself, originally envisioned by STL Architects and now by Goettsch Partners. The firm’s new design features a glass curtain wall around a rectangular massing, with embedded patterns of darkened recessed windows. Topping a three-story podium, the high rise will have its roofline offset into two different elevations. The first-floor will be lined with exposed brick columns along the Van Buren streetfront.
Amenities will consist of a co-working area, game room, and bike storage. A retail section will be carved out of the northeast corner, with the residential entrance just further east along Van Buren Street.
There are several public transit options nearby, including the CTA Blue Line at Racine station via a five-minute walk south and nearby bus stops for Routes 7, 60, and 126.
The developers have filed for a foundation, superstructure, tower crane, and full building permit – everything they would need to begin construction. As the proposal is processed, more information regarding next steps should arrive within the coming weeks.