Articles by Jack Crawford



5200 W Chicago Avenue Nears Full Approval in Austin

Several key approvals have passed for 5200 W Chicago Avenue in Austin, where Heartland Housing Alliance and Oak Park Regional Housing Center have planned a major mixed-use redevelopment around the former Laramie State Bank. The Community Development Commission has approved the sale of 5206 W Chicago Avenue, while the Chicago Plan Commission has approved both the rezoning for the project and its Planned Development application. The scope of the plans have received both city and community support, having won the Austin Invest South/West RPF competition to imagine new projects for Chicago’s west and south sides.

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Tower Crane Erected for 920 N Wells Street in Near North Side

The tower crane has now been installed for 920 N Wells Street in Near North Side, where Chicago-based developer JDL has planned an 18-story mixed-use building. This structure is the first stepping stone in a massive new development known as North Union, occupying 8.1 acres on property formerly owned by the Moody Bible Institute. Bolstered by JDL’s partnership with Square Mile Capital and Intercontinental Real Estate, North Union will provide six million square feet of new floor space (equivalent to roughly 1.5 Willis Towers), 2,656 residential units, a wide range of commercial spaces, and over 100,000 square feet of public areas. With its tallest tower approaching 700 feet, the $1.3 billion scheme will shift the northern skyline’s center of gravity further west.

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The Shops at Big Deahl

Construction Advances for Shops at Big Deahl Development in Clybourn Corridor

Significant construction progress can be seen for Structured Development‘s Shops at Big Deahl masterplan, situated on an elbow-shaped property in Near North Side’s Clybourn Corridor area. This $250 million, four-building development is already a quarter complete, having completed three-story climbing gym called Movement Lincoln Park in 2021. With Power Construction as the general contractor, the remaining three buildings are now rising in tandem, and will serve as a new mixed-use hub for the primarily retail and residential neighborhood. As part of the developer’s plans for the site, there will also be a small urban park at the south end with greenery, terraces, and seating areas.

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