Articles by Bee Ricketts

The Thompson Center at 100 W Randolph Street May Have a New Buyer

Earlier this year Thompson Center located at 100 W Randolph Street in The Loop was sold with a planned multi-million dollar renovation to the Prime Group. The Thompson Center was designed by famed postmodern architect Helmut Jahn and opened in 1985 as the State of Illinois Center. The Prime Group which is headed by Michael Reschke of JAHN Architects made bid for the Thompson Center in April. The developer had planned a $300 million renovation to execute a gut rehab of the facility including opening the atrium to the outdoors and enclosing the work floors to reduce heat expenses, as well as renovating all of the floors. In the original plan, the state would eventually buy back parts of the building after Prime Group’s renovation.

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New Permits Issued for 1218 W Belmont Avenue in Lake View

A new permit was issued last week for the construction of a four-story mixed-use construction located at 1218 W Belmont Avenue in the Lake View neighborhood. The permit’s owners have been listed as Belmont Development LLC and plans indicate there will be retail on the first floor, and six total units spread across the second through fourth floors. The building will have a roof deck and there will be an attached seven-vehicle garage.

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View of 5200 W Chicago Avenue. Rendering by VDT and Latent Design

City Council Approves Redevelopment at 5200 W Chicago Avenue in Austin

The Chicago City Council has approved the redevelopment project at 5200 W Chicago Avenue in Austin. As previously reported by YIMBY, the Heartland Housing Alliance and Oak Park Regional Housing Center have planned an ambitious mixed-use project at the site. With the final hurdle completed, Valerio Dewalt Train Associates, who are heading the residential build of the development, can take steps toward construction including filing the necessary permitting.

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New Permits Issued for 3576 W Wabansia Avenue in Humboldt Park

A permit was issued on Thursday for a new two-story residential building, located at 3576 W Wabansia Avenue in Humboldt Park. The owner is listed as Key Development Group LLC. The new construction will be replacing a vacant lot with a two-unit masonry build with a basement. The permit also indicates the presence of rear balconies, a roof deck, and a detached two-car garage at the rear of the property site.

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