Apartment developer AMLI's latest downtown-area project is nearing the end of construction. Titled AMLI Lofts, the two-building midrise at the corner of Clark and Polk Streets in the South Loop had its first tenants move in over Labor Day weekend, while construction crews were still finishing nearby units. The building was at over 25% capacity last we heard. The development's units feature high-end appliances and finishes available in two color schemes, along a "soft loft" aesthetic with some strategically exposed ducting and brick-finished accent walls. High-tech amenities for residents include up to gigabit fiber-optic broadband internet, powered USB outlets in the kitchen for charging electronics, an electronic system for accepting and retrieving packages.
There are also a host of community amenities, including a gym and yoga studio, a spacious pool deck, an outdoor fire pit, and a resident lounge that looks like it was plucked from a West Elm catalog. Apartments start just below $2,000 a month and range from convertible to three bedroom units.
Compared to AMLI's other South Loop apartment development just to the south, the Lofts development does a better job of suiting its urban location, with a brick-based exterior design and a footprint that sits up snug against the sidewalk, rather than being set back behind some landscaping. While still not a modern-urbanist haven with its motor court, two parking garages, and only one retail space, it appears that AMLI may be working to improve its reputation.
South Clark Street is seeing more residential development nearby, as 1000 South Clark will soon be digging in for foundation work. The South Loop is of course in hot competition with West Loop and, now, River North for the fastest-growing rental housing market, and AMLI Lofts will represent the first of this recent apartment tower boom in the area to open its doors.