The Chicago Plan Commission has approved the mixed-use development at 1234 W Randolph Street in Fulton Market. Located along the busy corridor just east of the intersection with N Elizabeth Street, the upcoming high-rise has gone through various changes to its podium after presenting in front of the Committee on Design late last year. Now developers Azur Holdings and Golub & Company are moving forward with the latest iteration of the SCB-designed project, which was originally pitched as a hotel replacing the two small commercial structures on site.
Rising 41 floors and 460 feet in height, the L-shaped tower will sit on top of a four-story podium which was enlarged due the committee’s comments. The original proposal included no retail space in exchange for a small plaza carved out on the southeast corner of the site, however comments revolved around maintaining the commercial wall of the corridor and thus the space has now been incorporated. Now a small commercial space with retractable windows will hug the sidewalk with the residential lobby and back of house spaces on the ground floor.
Above this will be three levels of parking containing a reduced number of vehicle parking spaces from 124 to 113 along with an increased number of bicycle parking spaces from 200 to 290. The podium will be capped by an amenity floor with a large outdoor deck and pool facing east. Above this will be 395 residential units made up of studios, one-, and two-bedroom layouts of which 79 will be considered affordable for those making 60 percent AMI. All residents will also be able to enjoy an upper amenity space on the 33rd with an adjoining terrace as the structure sets-back for its final vertical rise.
The tower will use strips of inset space to break up its overall massing, with the lower portion of the structure that caps out at 33rd floor utilizing mostly a reflective glass facade with alternating vertical metal panel accents. Meanwhile the taller east-west portion which reaches the full 41 floors will have a curtain wall that is subdivided into a grid by black and orange metal panel fins and spandrels, with the facade extending on the crown to conceal the mechanical equipment within.
Future residents will have access to both CTA Green and Pink Lines at the Morgan station as well as bus service for Routes 9 and 20 within a short walk. At the moment no further construction details have been revealed for the multi-million dollar proposal as it will need to be approved by various other city entities including City Council for its zoning and more. The full design presentation for the project can be found here.