We promised an update, and here it is! Building Blocks and their broker Mid-America Real Estate Group, in fishing for a suitably upmarket anchor tenant for the rehab project at 1620 W Chicago, have put a believable rendering to work. As we discussed last month, the architecture firm purchased the Amber Building last spring for a restoration and build-out of the antique terra cotta-clad structure. When finished it will house architecture/design offices, including the owner's, and ground-floor commercial. We knew they wanted to go the brewpub route, but don't get too hung up on the "Amber Brewing" name— that's what's called sheer marketing genius. The above rendering illustrates the rooftop potential for one or more tenants, and touts the new "monumental" size windows. The scheme seems respectful and exciting, overall. As Building Block's Kevin Miske told Curbed last month, their treatment of the Amber Building could be and should be a "catalyst for other developers to do the same for the many historic structures within the local community." Look for work to ramp up at any moment.
·Marketing Flyer: 1620 W Chicago (PDF) [Mid-America]
·Ultra-Ornate Amber Building Inching Toward Restoration [Curbed Chicago]