Updated renderings have been revealed for the mixed-use development at 1016 W Jackson Boulevard in West Loop. Set to replace an existing office building just west of the intersection with S Morgan Street, news on the project broke late this October and just now had its first community meeting where the images were shown. Chicago-based Mavrek Development is behind the proposal with architecture firm BKV Group crafting its design, who also worked on the proposed structures at 525 S Wabash Avenue.
Sitting next to the Bays Corporation offices and bakery which is set to have its own redevelopment, the project will require the demolition of the 10-year-old, five-story Inspire Business Center. In its place will rise a new 28-story, 295-foot-tall tower with an active ground floor featuring a lobby, retail space, and ramp up to the 125-vehicle parking garage with over 300 bicycle spaces. Featuring inset entrances with improved landscaping, the three-story podium clad in metal and frosted glass panels will be topped by a large amenity level with an outdoor pool.
Rising above within the T-shaped tower will be 370 residential units made up of studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom layouts, with those on the corners featuring private inset balconies. Mostly clad in a curtain wall system, the new renderings show the copper colored metal panels that will largely cover the eastern wall with punched windows and a protruding glass section. The all-glass sections will be complemented by horizontal metal spandrels in the same burnt-orange color, with the crown featuring tightly packed horizontal bands.
Residents at the meeting expressed disdain towards the added density, which has been a prevalent complaint in most community meetings of the West Loop. Comments about the height were also made which is already lower than the originally planned 330 feet the developer proposed earlier in the summer. While permits will still need to be applied for and multiple city committees cleared, BKV Group hopes to break ground on the new structure by late 2023 and we can expect a completion within 24 months.