After six years of approvals and planning, construction is set to begin on the mixed-use Covent Hotel redevelopment this September. Planned by NHP Foundation, who had purchased the property in 2016, in partnership with Drummond Development, the project at 2653 N Clark Street in Lincoln Park will reuse the existing Covent Hotel building while adding a new seven-story edifice to the parking lot behind the existing building. Overseen by Weese Langley Weese Architects, the historic Covent Hotel is being renovated from 64 SRO units into 30 affordable studio apartments. The street-facing ground level will also provide 4,700 square feet of retail space along Clark Street.
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Demolition has completed at 513 W Fullerton Avenue in Lincoln Park, the former site of the Cenacle Retreat & Conference Center. Originally developed in 1967, the property was occupied by multiple masonry structures rising seven stories high. While deemed architecturally significant with their modernist designs by Charles Pope, the structures received demolition approval from Commission on Chicago Landmarks anyway. Following the approval, a single wrecking permit was issued this past January. The former owners, The Cenacle Sisters, have long used the complex as a retreat to care for their aging nun population, and chose to sell the property to help fund care for their members.
The new amenity clubhouse at Bronzeville‘s Prairie Shores residential complex has seen the completion of its new two-story amenity clubhouse. The building is the centerpiece of extensive renovation work that has been ongoing at the property. Golub & Company and Farpoint Development, who jointly purchased Prairie Shores in 2019 for $180 million, are responsible for the upgrades, which include interior renovations of the 1,675 residences, landscaping improvements, and common area upgrades.
Foundation construction can be seen taking shape at 3501 N Halsted Street in Lakeview East, set to give rise to a new five-story mixed-use building. The facility will be a new hub for Howard Brown Health, which provides an all-encompassing approach to LGBTQ wellbeing at various centers throughout Chicago. Programming will include 7,600 square feet of ground-level retail, two floors of clinic space on the first two floors, and three floors of administrative space above. With this project alone, Howard Brown Health will double the organization’s capacity within the area.
Construction is now at the fifth and final floor for a boutique residential building at 2423 S State Street in Near South Side. City Pads is behind the rental development, which is the second installation of a two-phase plan known as “Common McCormick.”