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216-Unit Rental Tower Cleared For Pilsen/University Village

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FitzGerald Associates sure has the hot hand these days. Overshadowed by recent news of the final zoning approval for Atrium Village, the road has cleared for another Fitzgerald apartment project at the Pilsen/University Village border. And it shouldn't take 10 years to complete. The Chicago Architecture Blog reported on the proposal earlier today, and FitzGerald's site confirms that their 216-unit rental tower has obtained final clearance. Rising 13 stories at W 15th and Blue Island Ave, FitzGerald is marketing the tower to a broad range of renters: hospital staff, university faculty, and students. Cool for the students, perhaps.

In FitzGerald's promo speak: The lightweight design "will be constructed of pre-cast concrete, metal panel and glass. Window locations will be staggered and metal panels will have several different colors to minimize the bulk of the buildings." This description was written for an earlier conception, still shown on the site, that included a second 400-unit tower. In terms of style, not much has changed save for a glassier retail podium at street level. It does make a deliberate effort to blend in with the elegant University Commons lofts, helping resolve the almost endless low-slung buildings. Roughly 10,000 square feet of commercial space has been factored into the plan. The units will be a mix of market-rate and affordable, all "stylish and attainable with outstanding views of the city". We'll keep a watch on groundbreaking.
·New Apartment Block Coming To University Village/Little Italy [Chicago Architecture Blog]
·:Official Site: Fitzgerald Associates Architects