A full construction permit has been issued for the residential development at 1700 S Wabash Avenue in South Loop. This nine-story project will rise on a previously vacant lot just north of the intersection with E 18th Street and adjacent to the CTA tracks.
CMK Companies leads the project, and has collaborated with Pappageorge Haymes for the architectural design. Given the site’s unique challenges, notably the absence of a rear alley due to the CTA tracks, the mid-rise’s first floor will act as a faux podium spanning the entire width of the lot. It will accommodate a residential lobby, 40 bicycle parking spots, and four vehicle parking spaces. These spaces will be accessible via a new curb cut on Wabash, which will be accompanied by landscaping and a pathway leading to the building’s entrance.
The structure will reaching a height of 115 feet, and will house 37 residential units. The unit distribution includes 11 studios, 10 one-bedrooms, 14 two-bedrooms, and two three-bedrooms on the top floor, each with private terraces. In alignment with city regulations, 20 percent of these units will be designated as affordable.
In terms of the design, the ground floor will showcase a dark brick façade, while the stories above will feature a sleek glass design punctuated with pronounced spandrels. The building’s northern side will be primarily concrete, complementing the building’s core.
Brandts Build, LLC has been chosen as the general contractor for this venture, which carries an estimated construction tag of $7,000,000.