Ranking #14 in YIMBY’s year-end construction countdown is 160 N Elizabeth Street, a 27-story mixed-use tower progressing in the final steps of its facade installation. Located in the west end of the Fulton Market District and developed by Moceri + Roszak, the 293-foot-tall building, now named “Fulbrix,” will feature 9,000 square feet of retail space and 375 rental units. In accordance with the ARO planning regulations, 20 percent of these units will be affordably priced and include a variety of studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom residences, many of which will boast private balconies.
Residents will be provided with a sprawling amenity deck, featuring a pool, lawn area, and comfortable lounge seating. Furthermore, a fitness center and co-working space will be available, as well as additional outdoor decks located on the 16th and 27th floors. Parking for 144 vehicles will be located within the podium and a bike room with 160 bike bays will also be provided.
Thomas Roszak Architecture’s design for the building features a stepped rectangular mass with various setbacks and terraces, topped with a reflective glass facade that is contrasted by orange metal panels. The podium is clad in brick and has a glass storefront system, further adding to the building’s aesthetic. This combination of materials and design elements creates a striking visual impact that is sure to be admired.
The CTA L’s Green and Pink Lines are located eight minutes from Morgan station by foot, while Route 20 bus service is a six-minute walk south of Morgan station. This western end of the Randolph corridor is becoming an increasingly dense hotspot for retail and restaurants as more and more residential projects are delivered.
Clark Construction is leading the build as general contractor, with all work expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2023.
Countdown Comparison Corner (15th and 14th Spots)
Now that we’re past the halfway mark in the countdown, we will be adding a bonus section at the end of each article. We will be comparing the tallest 15 Chicago projects to New York’s tallest 15, as our sister site New York YIMBY conducts its own year-end countdown. Going forward, the latest project for each city will be added to a 3D comparison diagram. We will add one more element to this section showing what each New York entry would look like in place of Chicago’s. One thing will be very apparent right away: New York has much taller towers than Chicago currently under construction. However, the section should still serve as a barometer for how Chicago’s construction stacks up against America’s tallest city.
To kick off this exercise, we will start with both the 15th and 14th spots in the countdown:
Complementing Chicago’s 15th-place 410 S Wabash is Kushner Real Estate Group’s One Journal Square in Jersey City, rising 260 and 710 feet, respectively. As shown in New York YIMBY’s countdown article, Kushner’s plans include a twin-tower scheme atop a podium base with 40,000 square feet of retail.
The towers themselves will hold 1,723 units and come with an array of amenities atop the podium. Woods Bagot is serving as the architect, while ADJ construction is serving as general contractor. Completion is expected for 2026.
As for 14th place, the counterpart to today’s 293-foot Fulbrix is a 731-foot tower at 43-30 24th Street in Long Island City. Developed by Carmel Partners and currently undergoing excavation, the skyscraper will house 931 residential units atop 17,400 square feet of ground-level retail. With Hill West Architects behind the design and Carmel Construction East as general contractor, completion is also expected for 2026.