A planned 12-story hotel at 1528 N Wells Street in Old Town is once again progressing, as indicated by a recent demolition permit issued for the site’s remaining structure. The permit, granted at the beginning of this month, lists National Wrecking Company as the contractor and will involve the removal of a three-story building at 1520 N Wells Street. The replacement hotel, which received its initial foundation permit in 2022, will add 203 rooms along the Wells Street commercial corridor.
Condor Partners is the developer, while Pappageorge Haymes is the architect. The 151-foot structure, to be named ‘The Duke of Wells’, will be designed with multiple terraced setbacks throughout. The facade will complement the surrounding architecture, featuring red and dark gray brick and eight-foot loft-inspired windows. As indicated on the developer’s website, Summer Thornton is responsible for the interior design, which will blend classically-inspired elements with modern finishes.
The amenities, classified by the developer as 4.5 stars, will include a rooftop lounge and terrace, a spa and fitness center, and a yet-to-be-named restaurant. Parking will consist of a three-story rear garage, which will be obscured by a pair of three-story single-family homes.
Bus stops for Routes 9, 22, 36, 37, 72, 73, 151, and 156 are all accessible within a 10-minute walk. The nearest CTA Brown Line service can be found at the Sedgwick station, which serves both the Brown and Purple Lines, and is an eight-minute walk to the west. Additionally, the Red Line’s Clark/Division station is a 12-minute walk south.
McHugh Construction will serve as the general contractor, as indicated in the 2022 permit. Currently, an anticipated groundbreaking or completion date is not yet known.