The 15-story Halsted Flats, a lightning rod for neighborhood criticism, is now almost fully clad in blue-green glass and, it would seem, on track for an end-of-the-year opening. The L-shaped, 300-unit apartment project is the brainchild of JDL Development and Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture. Testy as the vetting process was for this plan, it garnered the early support of Ald. James Cappleman, allowing it to remain relatively unchanged and expeditious. The same cannot be said for JDL's nearby Maryville Academy development proposal. On this site visit, with the high-rise at full mast, we tried to nab some contextual shots that would show the building's relation to neighboring blocks. Clearly, the building sits on the border of high-rise clusters (to the north and east) and sleepy low-rise streets (south and west). A low-slung brick retail podium and a massing weighted toward the I-HOP attempts to alleviate Halsted Flats' obvious intrusion into two such blocks.
Two blocks south, Heartland Housing and the Center on Halsted are putting together 79 units of affordable senior housing geared toward the LGBTQ community. The decommissioned and now landmarked Town Hall Police Station is being incorporated into the development. The adjoining new construction began in the spring and will rise to six stories. The design is a little whimsical and features a sizable setback with sidewalk landscaping. It's a good stylistic fit with the neighboring Whole Foods and the Center on Halsted just up the block. Construction should wrap next summer.
·Halsted Flats Development in Lake View Nearly Topped Out [Curbed Chicago]
·Preservation Watch: Lake View [Curbed Chicago]
·Rendering Reveal: LGBTQ Senior Housing [Curbed Chicago]