The Chicago Department of Transportation and Lyft have announced a major expansion for the city’s Divvy bike share system across multiple northwest and southwest neighborhoods. The expansion comes right after the system finished its latest round of work which included added stations, new e-bikes, and parking stations. However it comes at a time where bike-related deaths and accidents are on the rise with local advocates calling for improved infrastructure.
A preliminary permit for interior demolition has been granted in preparation for the revitalization of the Cameron Building at 240 N Ashland Avenue in the Near West Side. Situated on the southwest corner at the intersection with W Fulton Street, the historic clocktower building has been vacant for several years and is now proposed as the new headquarters for local incubator mHUB. The non-profit organization is driving the initiative, while Gensler is now confirmed as the project architect.
A new four-story, mixed-use building is set to rise at 6400 N Wayne Avenue in Rogers Park, with the project receiving a construction permit on May 2nd. The development will feature ground-level retail space and 10 dwelling units on the above floors. The filing owner of the project is Variable Properties LLC – 1355 Series, whose plans will be replacing a parking lot along the cross street of Devon Avenue.
Structural work has passed the seventh floor for the 27-story 868 N Wells Street in Near North Side, replacing a former low-rise brick building that was demolished last year. The developer of this mixed-use high rise is JDL, who has planned for 411 units and 12,000 square feet of retail. This tower is the second addition (after the adjacent 920 N Wells) to their North Union megadevelopment, a sprawling $1.3 billion master plan that will ultimately occupy 2.9 million square feet of space. The larger North Union assemblage will feature skyscrapers measuring up to approximately 700 feet in height while providing a total of 2,656 residences, extensive commercial and retail options, and 100,000 square feet of public areas.
The Chicago Plan Commission has approved new improvements to the east end of the Midway Plaisance at 5950 S Stony Island Avenue in Hyde Park. This small portion of the park is now within Jackson Park due to the Obama Center construction, with the redesigned Women’s Garden on the east and the Metra Electric line elevated tracks to the west. The project is being led by the Chicago Park District with Site Design Group serving as the designers, with five community meetings leading to the current proposal.