The Chicago Plan Commission has approved a mixed-use development at 330 W Chestnut Street in the Near North Side. Located on the northeast corner with N Orleans Street, the vacant site was occasionally used for outdoor fitness classes and as a parking lot over the last two years. Developers Draper & Kramer and BlitzLake Partners have tapped local architecture firm FitzGerald Associates on the design for the structure that will be near the upcoming North Union mega-development.
Originally revealed in May of this year, the project has seen some design changes since then mostly pertaining to the exterior massing. Rising 10 stories and 115 feet tall, the ground floor has relatively remained the same with the eastern end of the structure now setting back to allow for a focal corner. Within the corner will be the residential lobby with various support spaces, a tenant fitness room, and a 2,620-square-foot retail space facing N Orleans Street. On the eastern end off of the alley will be 11 covered vehicle parking spaces and 80 bike spaces.
The relatively low amount of parking spaces, which is a reduction from the originally proposed 13, is due to the project being a Transit Oriented Development (TOD). The 128 residential units above are split into 64 convertibles, 48 one-bedrooms, and 16 two-bedroom layouts, a small change in mix from the original plans due to feedback on the previous iteration. Of these 26 will be considered affordable, select units will have private balconies, and convertible apartments will have the partial height wall bedroom area towards the center of the structure.
All residents will have access to a shared amenity space on the 10th floor with views over the city as the area fills out with new developments. Most of the design changes came to the overall massing and cladding, with the setback portion breaking up the previously proposed cube and making it now feel like two different buildings. The westernmost portion will be thinner and feature a light yellow brick with black windows, while the eastern end will be clad in black metal panels.
Future residents will have bus service for CTA Routes 37, 66, 70, and 156 as well as the CTA Brown and Purple Line at Chicago station within a six-minute walk. The CTA Red Line Division station is also a 12-minute walk away. The $41 million project will now require approval from various city commissions including City Council on its rezoning before a groundbreaking can occur, currently no construction timeline has been made public.