With this current building boom inundating downtown Chicago with new highrise apartment towers, hotels, and office buildings, we might not always stop to admire a project that features merely eight units. However, this HPA-designed ten story condo tower that just made its way through the city's zoning appeals board has a design that certainly offers something a little different. Slated for 61 West Erie, right next to the back of that Ontario Street Walgreens with the terrible parking lot, this condo building has prices starting at $1.7 million all the way up to nearly three million dollars for the two level penthouse unit. Each home includes tons of terrace space, at least three and a half bedrooms, and two secure indoor parking spaces on the ground floor.
With the high price tag comes high style, and while model renders feature tasteful modern interiors, it's the post-post-modern exterior design that sets this building apart from anything else on the block. With the board's approval, the lot's zoning requirement for commercial space on the ground floor of any new construction is removed and the property is cleared of the regulatory hurdles blocking the originally planned start date early last year. HPA, or Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, have already made their mark on River North with several eye-catching residential towers that finished during the previous housing boom, and the recently-finished Jones Apartments.