Facade work is advancing at 801 W Belmont Avenue in Lakeview East, as both brickwork and window installation begin to wrap up. Directly adjacent to the Michael’s, the two-story retail building is replacing a 1921 brick bank building designed by Ivar Viehe-Naess, along with an adjacent parking lot. The new development is planning 59,000 square feet of space and 300 feet of storefront.
Hirsch MPG is behind the design, which comprises a 48-foot street wall made up of dark brick and large loft-styled windows. Renderings also depict large colorful murals along the Halsted & Belmont sides.
As for transit, the location is well-integrated with public transportation in addition to having 87 underground parking spaces. Bus service for Routes 22 and 77 are available within close walking distance, while the CTA Belmont station, serviced by the Red, Purple, and Brown Lines, is a two-minute walk to the west.
The construction is managed by WM. A. Randolph. Although a firm completion date remains undisclosed, current progress indicates potential completion by late this year or early 2024.