Updated details have been revealed for the mixed-use development at 1300 W Lake Street in the West Loop. Located on the northwest corner with W Lake Street and replacing an existing two-story commercial building, plans for the nearly block-long structure were revealed in March with the Committee on Design reviewing its plans soon thereafter. Now developer Loukas Development has applied for rezoning for the upcoming bKL Architecture-designed project.
Rising 46 stories and 537 feet in height, the proposal received a handful of changes from the original proposal mainly due to the comments from the committee. The majority of them focus on the ground floor with the front entry and vehicular plaza being redesigned to separate pedestrian and vehicular uses. The lobby was shrunken a bit and pushed west with a new dedicated car drop-off being placed under the tower’s footprint, this allowed for a pedestrian-only plaza to be placed on the northeast corner of the site.
The plaza will be flanked by a nearly 10,000-square-foot retail space that grew to the site’s edge, as the ground-floor parking spaces for customers slightly shifted in layout as well with their entrance moved from the side alley to Lake Street. The main residential parking garage entrance will still be off of the alley and take up the upper three floors of the podium with 356 vehicle parking spaces as well as 593 bicycle spaces. The podium will be topped by a massive outdoor deck with amenity spaces and an outdoor pool as well.
The tower rises above in an L-shape with the shorter leg which runs parallel to Lake Street dropping off on the 35th floor, with the remaining 11 floors having a slim sawtooth design after the committee commented on the original large sawtooth feeling too disjointed. Within it will be 593 residential units most likely made up of studios, one-, and two-bedroom layouts although it has not been confirmed. Of these 119 of them will be considered affordable for those making 60 percent AMI, with all residents having access to additional outdoor decks on the sixth and 35th floors.
The overall facade also received a handful of changes after the comments, similar to the previous sawtooth form it felt disjointed and has been refined. The main body of the skyscraper will have a flat curtain wall with vertical sawtooth shaped metal panel strips, the upper 11 floors will use flat metal panels on the return of each sawtooth step and extend past the glass. Although its zoning application was referred to the next meeting, the development will still need multiple city approvals prior to moving forward, with no construction start date announced yet.