The Chicago Plan Commission has approved a 28-story, mixed-use residential proposal for 1016 W Jackson Boulevard in West Loop. Mavrek Development is behind the project, with BKV Group responsible for the design.
The decade-old, five-story Inspire Business Center will be demolished to make way for the new 28-story, 295-foot-tall tower with a ground floor that features a lobby, retail space, and ramp up to the 125-vehicle parking garage with over 300 bicycle spaces. The three-story podium clad in metal and frosted glass panels will be topped by a large amenity level with an outdoor pool.
The tower will have 370 residential units made up of studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom layouts. Residents at the community meeting expressed concern about the added density, which has been a prevalent complaint in most West Loop community meetings. The height of the tower was also lowered from the originally proposed 330 feet.
The design involves copper-colored metal panels that will cover the eastern wall with punched windows and a protruding glass section. The crown will feature tightly packed horizontal bands, and the all-glass sections will be complemented by horizontal metal spandrels in the same burnt-orange color.
Closest nearby transit includes CTA Blue Line service via a five-minute walk southeast to UIC-Halsted Station. Next closest L service can be found for the Green and Pink Lines via a 13-minute walk north. Nearby bus service for Routes 8, 20, 60, and 126 are also within walking distance.
While permits will still need to be applied for and multiple city committees cleared, a groundbreaking is anticipated for later this year, from which construction is expected to last 24 months.