The Chicago City Council has approved the mixed-use development at 1549 N Fremont Street in the Near North Side. Sitting just southeast of the intersection with W North Avenue on a vacant lot surrounded by a Toyota dealership, the small building will infill a site originally proposed as an Aloft Hotel multiple years ago. Now after receiving Plan Commission approval earlier this year, developer City Pads Chicago is moving forward with the NORR Architects-designed structure.
During its last round of approvals the design received some minor changes, mainly to the location of the parking garage entrance as use of the side alley was not allowed. Thus now a small entrance is located on Fremont leading to a 29-vehicle parking garage, 132-bicycle parking room, residential lobby, and an 8,000-square-foot retail space spanning most of the streetfront. This lower level will occupy the whole site and be clad in a dark-gray brick with black-framed storefront windows.
Rising a total of five stories and 75 feet in height, the base will be topped by four stories of residential in a U-shape creating a central rooftop courtyard. Within will be 132 residential units aimed at the ‘missing middle’ made up of 112 studios, 12 one-bedrooms, and eight two-bedroom layouts. While 26 of these will be considered affordable for those making 60 percent AMI, the remainder will be for those making up to 140 percent AMI or around $100,000 for individuals.
While only a handful of the units will have a private outdoor space, all residents will have access to the central courtyard with a garden as well as a rooftop deck occupying part of the top floor. The upper floors themselves will be clad in multi-tone beige fiber cement panels with slightly inset windows and vertical breaks. With the last of the necessary approvals received the $40 million project can now move towards permitting, however no construction timeline has been announced.