Ready for more West Loop development news? Good, because Chicago Journal attended last week's community meeting where revised plans were presented for a 33-story highrise proposed at Adams and Halsted. In an unfortunate design change, the tower has been reoriented so that it fronts the Kennedy Expressway rather than Adams Street, as was previously the case. "This design reduces the canyon effect," said a rep. from architect FitzGerald Associates, the same firm behind another prominent West Loop proposal at One South Halsted. Now, instead of a dense tower anchoring the intersection's southeast corner, pedestrians will have a featureless parking podium to contend with. Other changes to the 351-unit rental building include design enhancements to the balconies and the elimination of a health club and grocery store. A few audience members trotted out their predictable concerns about traffic, but most in attendance supported the $100M project, including the West Loop Community Organization (WLCO), local business owners, the Greektown Neighborhood Association, and the West Central Chamber of Commerce. Looks like this one's on the fast track to approval!
·New plans for West Loop high rise [Chicago Journal]
·Introducing A 33-Story Apartment Tower At Adams & Halsted [Curbed Chicago]