Articles by Jack Crawford



142 W Erie Street

142 W Erie Street Enters Final Push Toward Completion in River North

Since its coverage in the 2021 year-end countdown, further window and railing installation has taken place for Sedgwick Development‘s 142 W Erie Street, formerly known as Bentham Chicago. The 14-story mixed-use building is located River North along the corner of Erie Street and LaSalle Drive, just one block east of the Wells Street restaurant corridor. Prior to the construction, the parcel was occupied by an auto body shop that was demolished in 2016.

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Harrison Row Townhomes modular assembly

Structured Development Launches Second Phase of Harrison Row Townhomes in East Garfield Park

Structured Development has announced its second phase construction of Harrison Row Townhomes at 2849 W Congress Parkway, an affordable for-sale townhome community in Chicago’s East Garfield Park. This phase includes 33 total residences, each with three bedrooms and 1.5 baths. There will be a major modular element to this project, with 14 of these duplex townhomes, a total of 28 units, built with modular construction. The homes are to be priced from $245,000 under the City’s Affordable Requirements Ordinance, targeting prospective residents making up to 120 percent of the Area Median Income. These buyers are to be sourced through the Chicago Community Land Trust, whose objective is to preserve long term housing affordability. This development serves as a means to provide reasonably-priced housing to those who may not be able to afford market rate housing, but are excluded from other ARO developments targeting those making up to 60 percent of the Area Median Income. A portion of the project will help Structured Development fulfill its ARO obligations for the underway Shops at Big Deahl masterplan, located along the Clybourn Corridor.

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Elevation View of Surge eSports Stadium at 2500 S Wabash Avenue. Rendering by KOO Architecture

City Council Greenlights Temporary Video Production Studio at Near South Side’s Planned Esports Stadium

Chicago City Council has approved a temporary video production studio, which is part of the Surge Esports Stadium to be constructed in Near South Side. The studio will occupy the existing two-story masonry building at 2617 South Wabash Avenue, which will then be converted to retail and 30 parking spaces upon the completion of the new construction. Developer SMASH Interactive has not yet revealed the nature of this studio, though its temporary functions may be due to the fact that the final building will build in its own studio areas. The total square footage will span 109,000 square feet, distributed across 36,000 square feet for the existing building and 73,000 square feet for the addition.

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