Two months ago, a large 442-unit, three-building apartment plan for the West Loop broke cover, but today there are more details about the specific unit counts for each building in the planned development referred to as Union West. The project comes from developers ZOM Mid-Atlantic and Verde Communities who are looking to plant a trio of interconnected towers that would occupy nearly half of a city block. The different addresses for the buildings will be 933-35 W. Washington Boulevard, 11-25 N. Morgan Street, 22 N. Sangamon Street, and 942-44 W. Madison Street. The development will be located just a couple blocks south of the Morgan Green Line station and a block south of the neighborhood’s famous Restaurant Row.
The builders are being designed by Chicago’s bKL Architecture, a firm that has worked on numerous apartment projects in the last couple of years, including the recently opened MILA apartment tower in the Loop and Wolf Point West tower in River North. The buildings will range in height, going from eight stories, to 17 stories, to 19 stories tall.
The tallest of the three will feature 265 total apartments and about 6,300 square feet of retail space. The majority of the rental units will be one-bedrooms (138), but it will also include 83 studios, 13 convertibles, and 31 two-bedroom apartments. The tower will not contain any three-bedroom apartments.
The second tallest tower will feature a total of 151 apartments, with the unit breakdown coming to 68 one-bedroom apartments, 40 studios, 13 convertibles, 15 two-bedroom, and 15 three-bedroom units. It will include about 1,400 square feet of space for retailers.
And finally, the third (and shortest) new building will feature a total of 26 rentals, which will be evenly split between one- and two-bedroom units. It will also feature 1,700 square feet of commercial space.
The total numbers between the three buildings translates to 123 studio apartments, 26 convertibles, 219 one-bedroom units, 59 two-bedroom units, and 15 three-bedroom apartments. The total combined retail space between the buildings comes to roughly 9,400 square feet of space. As proposed, Union West is one of the largest new developments in the pipeline for the West Loop, however, there is no shortage of new projects looking to eventually be built in the booming neighborhood.
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