A new luxury apartment tower at 625 W. Division Street is set to open this autumn, delivering 240 new rental units and 5,500 square feet of retail space to the former Cabrini-Green area. And instead of fighting the neighborhood's name or trying to rebrand it as something else, developer Gerding Edlen is perfectly fine with describing the area as Cabrini-Green. In a press release, a Gerding Edlen rep states that they are very well aware of what is happening in the area and want to embrace the neighborhood's past. "With Xavier, we had an opportunity to be part of the continued story of this neighborhood," their Director of East Coast and Midwest Acquisitions Matt Edlen says, "We are particularly conscious of this neighborhood's rich and long standing history, and feel the project will have positive long-term impacts on the area." In embracing the area's history, Gerding Edlen might help other developers come to terms with and accept the Cabrini-Green name and the neighborhood's next chapter—which is looking to be dominated by high-end rental towers.
Designed by GREC Architects, the 18-story tower dubbed Xavier—as in Frances Xavier Cabrini—is not unlike many other luxury towers being built throughout the greater downtown area. It'll boast many upscale amenities such as a fitness center, both an indoor and outdoor dog run area, an outdoor terrace and pool deck and a rooftop lounge space. The LEED Gold-certified tower will also include some high tech offerings like electric car charging stations, and its units will feature finishes made from sustainable materials and Nest thermostats.
Prices aren't publicly available just yet, but expect these units to be on par with some of the city's other high-end rentals. According to architects Don Copper and David Ervin of GREC Architects, Gerding Edlen did not elect to buy out of the affordable housing requirement and included 10% of the tower's unit for Section 8 tenants and another 10% for affordable units.
·Xavier [Official website]
·Division Street Checkered-Glass Tower Is Raring To Go [Curbed Chicago]
·Previous Cabrini-Green coverage [Curbed Chicago]