After a lengthy delay caused by legal action to stop the construction of a 135 foot tall mixed use development known as Vue53, Hyde Park's newest and most contemporary-looking project is indeed moving forward. In February, a judge threw out the suit that was aimed at appealing the zoning change for the development at 53rd Street and Kimbark Avenue, and this morning YoChicago spotted an event page on Facebook, created by McHugh Construction that is seeking to hire subcontractors to work on the new building - all indications leading us to believe that Vue53 is definitely happening now. The 300,000 square foot facility will include 267 rental apartments with 228 in-building parking spaces, along with 29,000 square feet of ground floor retail. Vue53 has also recently received a new look, trading its previous yellowish facade with a straight no-nonsense glassy look. Opponents of the development plan to appeal the judge's dismissal of the suit, despite the fact that the demolition of the Mobil gas station on the site has already happened. Literature from Mid-America Group states that the developer is targeting a Summer 2015 completion for the University of Chicago partner project.
· Vue53 [Mid-America Group]
· Hyde Park's Vue53 moving forward [YoChicago]
· Mobil gas station demolition underway [University of Chicago]
· Lawsuit Update (February 2014) [Save 53rd Street]
· Previous Vue53 coverage [Curbed Chicago]