The Hensley, a new luxury rental mid-rise at 707 N. Wells, is finally leasing units at its River North locale after a long and complicated gestation period. Replacing a pair of single-story commercial buildings, 707 N. Wells started life as 12 stories and showed a modern, modular design when renderings were first revealed to the public in 2013. After community backlash, the Pappageorge Haymes Partners design became less radical and instead embraced the River North norm of beige painted precast concrete. The project also shrunk to 11-stories and unit number dipped to 43 from an original count of 51. Akara Partners took over the project from developers Campus Acquisitions in mid 2014 and construction began late that year. The Hensley name was announced in 2015.
Apartments come in one-, two-, and three-bedroom varieties and feature 9-foot ceilings and luxury fixtures such as Samsung appliances, spa-inspired bathrooms, and Nest smart thermostats on select units. Shared amenities include a landscaped roof deck, fire pit, heated garage with 41 spaces, and bike parking. While the building offers great views, the Hensley will soon find itself in the company of new taller neighbors with 720 N. LaSalle, 640 N. Wells, and 167 W. Erie taking the place of the former Howard Johnson, Ed Debevic's, and Gino's East, respectively. The Hensley's ground floor commercial space will be anchored by GT Prime, a new 5,600-square-foot steakhouse concept from the Boka Group. According to the Hensley's website, a number of floor plans are still available throughout the building. Tours of the Hensley's model apartments are by appointment only and can be arranged by contacting management.
·The Hensley Chicago
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·River North's Big Beige Box Shrinks Ever So Slightly (Again) [Curbed Chicago]
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