The Chicago Plan Commission has approved updated plans for the residential development at 453-455 W Briar Place in Lake View East. Located mid-block between N Sheridan Road to the east and N Broadway to the west, the upcoming proposal will replace a pair of single-family homes from the early 1900s on the quiet one-way road. Developer GVP Development has been working with SGW Architecture on the unique structure which received City Council approval earlier this year.
Rising six stories and 82 feet in height, the project will merge two city lots and be slightly set back from the adjacent buildings. The ground floor will be anchored by a seven-bicycle and 12-vehicle parking garage, accessed via a relocated curb-cut on the west end of the site. A small residential lobby and the bottom floor of a duplex unit with its own door will round out the first floor, complemented by updated landscaping and two new trees.
Overall the 30,400-square-foot project will contain eight-residential units ranging from 2,300 to 4,000 square feet, with all residences having access to a private balcony or terrace in varying sizes depending on the floor. The building facade received the majority of the changes shedding its previous mansard roof and decorative medallion exterior, now while still clad in brick it will feature two prominent bay windows that protrude up as the fifth floor setback with the last level clad in precast concrete.
Stone accents and rounded windows will still remain as the exterior looks to pull inspiration from typical Chicago residential buildings. The $3.5 million project has now collected all of the necessary city approvals required for construction and has applied for foundation permits, though no formal completion timeline has been revealed. The project is estimated to create 20 construction jobs and we can expect a roughly 12-month work period.