The Chicago Plan Commission has approved revised plans for the residential development at 438 W Saint James Place in Lincoln Park. Located west of the intersection with N Lakeview Avenue near the lakefront, the proposal will replace an existing two-flat and hug the adjacent 13-story mid-rise. Now after the original plans had already been approved mid-2022, developer St. James Interest, LLC has returned with an updated design from local-firm Hirsch MPG.
Originally expected to rise 10 stories and 123 feet tall with a glass and metal panel facade, the updated design now rises six stories and roughly 67 feet in height with one less residential unit. Previously expected to have five all duplex for-sale condominiums, it will now hold four full-floor units as the building stretches deeper into the site than before. All of the floor plans will feature four-bedrooms with an additional media room, three terraces, a large dine-in kitchen and more.
As the floor plans were simplified and replicated on each floor, the building now has less inset patios and more of a uniform facade with punched windows on a grid with the aforementioned terraces also being inset. The structure itself will be now clad fully in gray brick with lighter bands running horizontally, the residents will also have access to a small rooftop deck and five-vehicle parking spaces on the ground floor via a new curb cut.
Future residents will have access to bus service for CTA Routes 22 and 36 within a five-minute walk as well as CTA Red, Brown, and Purple Lines at the Fullerton station via a 15-minute walk. The reduced size also cut the overall cost from the original $7.5 million to $5.5 million while creating 50 construction jobs. Per the application the developer hopes to start construction by the fall of 2023 with a spring 2025 completion date.