Updated details have been revealed for one of the next phases of the Lincoln Yards mega-development near Goose Island. As work wrapped up on Ally at 1229 W Concord late last year, developer Sterling Bay has shifted its originally announced phasing plan on the HPA and Gensler designed proposal. The change is most likely due to a changing economy and thus brings the two mixed-use structures at the D2 and D3 riverfront parcels just north of Ally to the forefront. While parcels D1 and the market place were set to be delivered prior, no movement has been seen on those, a more detailed breakdown can be found here.
Rising along the banks of the river, both structures now have renderings replacing the past placeholders we had seen. Both will rise 17 stories and an estimated height of around 250 feet based on the images, they will be connected by a faux-steel industrial style skybridge on the third floor which will also frame the public entrance to the riverwalk. Each building will be made up of two joined rectangular massings, with the one closer to the water being two stories shorter to create a rooftop deck.
Combined the two will deliver 411 residential units which is within the originally announced plans for the lots, though no unit mix has been revealed, we can predict it will have a mix of studios, one-, and two-bedroom layouts, some with private inset balconies that puncture the structure’s corners. All together they will construct 495,000 square feet of space of which 406,000 will be for residential, 23,000 for amenities most likely including lounges, a fitness center, and rooftop pool, 40,000 for retail at the base level, and 37,000 of exterior amenities including the aforementioned balconies and rooftop.
There was no information currently revealed in terms of parking, with the renderings not fully showing a garage level as the structures won’t have a podium and instead will fully meet the ground with active space. The landscaped riverwalk will also connect to that of the Ally’s just south of it and bring additional plazas for the commercial tenants, extensive landscaping, floating plant beds, and more. The building’s themselves will have a red masonry gridded facade with metal spandrels between each floor and a nearly double-height first floor.
Originally slated to be completed by 2025 towards the end of the past phasing plan, it now appears that they may break ground within the first half of 2023 and as early as February according to Construction Journal, though we have not seen building permits applied for. This new information comes from Sterling Bay receiving construction bids for the $135 million project, though it is worth noting that the structures at 1665 and 1687 N Throop Street both have permits pending. At the moment no formal completion date has been announced though we can expect an 18 to 24 month timeline once work starts.