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33-Story Tower Planned for Chicago & LaSalle Makes Headway

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A proposal for a 33-story, 295-unit apartment building at Chicago & LaSalle passed the Chicago Plan Commission Thursday, and a nimble Skyscraper Page regular nabbed some pics of renderings and the site plan from the PD slideshow. Smithfield Properties handled a necessary zoning amendment earlier this year and a phenomenon known as "adopt-a-landmark" has added to the site's density allowances. The landmark being "adopted" is the Bush Temple of Music at 100 W Chicago, renowned for its French Renaissance Revival style. As the renderings so ably reveal, the glass tower (Antunovich & Associates is Architect of Record, designer is less certain) addresses Chicago Avenue first and LaSalle second. A three-story parking podium for 131 cars, topped w/ five 2-story town houses and a green roof, runs along LaSalle just north of the tower. The tower would be right at home in the South Loop but feels almost alien to the Near North, with its proliferance of Second Empire condo buildings and brick low-rises. Smithfield is acquiring some of the land at 118-128 W Chicago from the Moody Bible Institute, a land baron in these parts. Stay tuned!
·Highrise Projects & Construction Thread [SSP]
·118-128 W Chicago Avenue [Phorio]