The Commission on Chicago Landmarks has approved the preliminary landmark recommendation for the Morton Salt Warehouse Complex in West Town. Addressed at 1357 N Elston Avenue, the complex is located at the intersection of N Elston Avenue and W Blackhawk Street. The eastern edge of the site is along the northern branch of the Chicago River. Blue Star Properties and R2 Companies are the developers and owners behind the complex.
Demolition permits have been issued for a single-story warehouse/office building and an accompanying single-story guard shack, located at 1241 W Division Street in West Town. Lying just across the river from Goose Island, the masonry and frame structures form part of a larger property that is zoned for PMD-2 (Planned Manufacturing District). The owner Peoples Gas has in turn constructed new business facilities on a separate section of this 15-acre plot.
Construction permits have been issued for a four-story residential building at 1453 W Grand Avenue in West Town. The owner EZMB Inc. has planned five total units, in addition to a rooftop deck with stair enclosure, a trellis, a basement, and a pair of detached two- and three-car garages, each with a rooftop deck. A zoning ordinance in 2018 re-designated the property from a RT-4 Residential Two-Flat, Townhouse and Multi-Unit District to a B2-2 Neighborhood Mixed-Use District.