Ahoy! There are real and promising inklings of a construction start at 3740 N Halsted in Lakeview. Skyscraper Page user "Pip" spied construction equipment on the site (now a church parking lot) on Wednesday. The tortured proposal—a favorite target of NIMBYs—began last fall as a L-shaped 15-story apartment plan. After neighborhood consultations, JDL Development and Harlem-Irving broke up the massing into two towers with heights of 25 and 10 stories. Still facing displeasure with the project's density and unit sizes, the developers brought back a downsized rendition with towers of 17 and 10 stories. Now it's clear there's only one tower remaining and it's back to 15 floors. The design and overall quality is pleasing to the eye, but unfortunately, the development's footprint includes an expansive two-story parking/retail podium. The number of units is down somewhat from its peak of 351 and retail space is one-quarter of what it once was. And yet, there remains a shit ton of parking— 276 spaces to be exact. Ald. James Cappleman (46th) jeopardized his constituent relations by backing the revised project back in the Spring. We'll soon see if the grudge sticks.
·Highrise Projects & Construction Thread [SSP]
·Halsted & Grace Site Plan (PDF) [Harlem-Irving]
·Local Alderman Throws His Support Behind 3750 N Halsted [Curbed Chicago]