Funding Partially Approved For Motor Row Redevelopment

Front rendering of Hudson Motor Row by FitzGerald

Funding has been partially approved for the mixed-use redevelopment of 2222 S Michigan Avenue within the Motor Row District. Located a few buildings south from the intersection with E Cermak Road, the project will restore the existing block-deep building while giving it a new program as the area near McCormick Place continues to see a rebound from 2020. Developer Hudson Michigan Avenue LLC is behind the proposal along with local-design firm FitzGerald.

Site context of Hudson Motor Row via Google Maps

Elevations of Hudson Motor Row by FitzGerald

Dubbed Hudson Motor Row, the project looks to restore the old Spanish Revival-style Hudson’s dealership, which was the home of the Detroit-based automaker for many years until it disappeared in 1957 as it shut down. Now after a previous attempt to convert it into a private club, the new plan we covered last month has received approval from the Community Development Commission for $10 million in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) money. With drawings calling for a massive event space, restaurant, lobby, and speakeasy on the ground and basement levels.

Floor plans of Hudson Motor Row by FitzGerald

Front rendering of Hudson Motor Row by FitzGerald

The 62-foot tall project will bring a new addition to the upper level and is set-back from the road to protect sightlines, it will also have a new side light-well constructed as part of the old northern wall is removed. A new rooftop pool will also be added to support the 38 co-living units made up of one-, two-, and four-bedroom layouts and 18-hotel rooms spread across the upper three levels, with a shared 4,200 square-foot amenity space on the second and third floors. Eight of the units will be considered affordable and residents will have access to a smaller secondary private deck.

Rear rendering of Hudson Motor Row by FitzGerald

Rear rendering of Hudson Motor Row by FitzGerald

While there will be no on-site parking, visitors and renters will have access to CTA Routes 1, 3, 4, 21, and 29 along with both CTA Red and Green Lines at the Cermak-Chinatown and Cermak-McCormick Place stations within a seven minute walk. The $62 million project will be receiving $10 million in TIF dollars spread across three-payments, along with historic tax credits, equity, and over half in loans. However it still will need to seek approval from City Council on the funding, with no construction timeline announced yet.

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1 Comment on "Funding Partially Approved For Motor Row Redevelopment"

  1. Steve River North | March 7, 2023 at 9:30 am | Reply

    38 co-living units?? As in private bed/bath but shared kitchen and living?

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