The committee on design is now reviewing two mixed-use high rises at 370 N Morgan Street and 400 N Morgan Street in West Loop‘s Fulton Market. Located on the west side of the intersection with W Kinzie Street, the multi-phase project will eventually see a third tower join it at 401 N Morgan Street on the northeast corner. The three towers are being developed by Vista Properties, whose plans will replace what is currently a mix of surface lots and existing one- to two-story industrial buildings just north of the Metra tracks. Gensler is responsible for the designs.
All three structures will be designed with a similar aesthetic and be constructed to be public-space friendly. This will be achieved by setting them back from the road to create a bike lane along Morgan Street, as well as introducing much-needed park space at the intersection.
The towers in the first phase will be placed on top of podiums and set back from the street to allow for more sunlight to reach the ground floor. Additionally, the massing of the towers will be tiered as they climb upwards. Furthermore, some existing buildings on the site, such as those on N Sangamon Street, will be preserved and used for event and restaurant space.
370 N N Morgan
Situated on the southwest corner of the intersection, the shorter of the two proposed structures for the first phase will be set back on the north and eastern ends, providing new green space. The building will feature two large commercial spaces, each totaling 10,000 square feet and facing each street, as well as a lobby on the corner. Additionally, a parking garage ramp entry off of N Carpenter Street will be available for floors two and three, which will be topped by a large outdoor deck, amenity space, and apartments.
Rising to a total of 33 stories and 360 feet tall, this shorter tower will contain 529 residential units, with a variety of studios, one- and two-bedroom layouts, many of which will feature private inset balconies. All residents will have access to amenity spaces and an outdoor deck on the 30th floor, likely featuring a pool with a view of the city. The towers will be partially clad in a white gridded metal frame, with a vision glass curtain wall covering a majority of the towers, while masonry will cover the three podiums. This tower will also feature a small cantilever of its upper levels.
400 N Morgan
This taller first-phase sibling will reach a total of 450 feet in height, with 40 floors in total. Set to house both commercial space and residences, the tower will be anchored at its base by 7,000 square feet of retail space to exist as visually independent boxes. Furthermore, a parking garage ramp will create a new curb cut along Morgan Street, leading to levels two to four, which will be topped by a small outdoor deck and select residential units featuring a row of duplexes with private terraces. Finally, the seventh level will feature a full floor of amenity space with multiple large outdoor decks.
Within the building, there will be 478 residential units, comprising studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom layouts, all of which will feature inset balconies for select apartments. Furthermore, all residents will have access to a 29th floor amenity space and outdoor deck, which will provide a sweeping view of the city.
401 N Morgan
At present, there is limited information available regarding the third structure, which will be unveiled at a later phase. It is expected that the structure will replace approximately half of the parking lot it is set to rise on, with the majority of the space being allocated to a small public park. The tower will be cantilevered above the green space and the adjacent existing structure, with no additional commercial space being added. However, a lobby and amenity area will occupy most of the first floor, along with a parking garage ramp from Morgan Street. It is known that this tower will be the tallest of the trio, slightly surpassing the height of 400 N Morgan Street, and will contain 548 residential units.
At present, no timeline for the commencement of construction has been disclosed, nor has a potential completion date been announced.
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This is an amazing development proposal, good aesthetics, great density, good care and thought for the public space, and seemingly not car-friendly as the primary design goal. Bravo
Totally agree. I even spot a raised bike lane!