The Chicago City Council has approved the residential development at 453-455 W Briar Place in Lake View East. Located on a quiet one-way street near the intersection with N Broadway, the building will replace a pair of single-family homes built in the early 1900s. News on the project broke back in December as it brought in a unique design language not often seen in newer developments, this was led by SGW Architecture who is contracted by the site’s developer GVP Development.
Since then not much has changed, it will still rise 82 feet tall and yield six stories, with a mansard roof across the front of the fifth floor breaking up the massing a bit to fit in with the surrounding context. The ground floor of the over 9,000-square-foot site will hold a small residential lobby and an enclosed parking garage with 14-vehicle spaces and seven bicycle spaces accessed from a new curb cut along Briar Place.
With a total of 30,400 square-feet of space the floors above will contain eight-residential units ranging from 2,300 to 4,000 square-feet, and since it is below the city’s 12-unit threshold none will be considered affordable. All of the residences will have outdoor space with some having 1,200 square-foot terraces, while the top floor units being duplexes with spiral staircases connecting to the upper level with its own private balconies as well.
Clad mostly in red brick, the building will have inset window bays, decorative medallions, stone horizontal breaks, and more as it looks to borrow elements from multiple Chicago design styles. The approval grants the rezoning the developer applied for in December and now allows the structure to move forwards, however at the moment no construction timeline has been announced nor have permits been applied for.