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13-story Fulton Market office development to get public debut on Wednesday

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The proposal for the northwest corner of Lake and Carpenter would contain new office, retail, and parking

Later this week, West Loop residents will be officially introduced to a 13-story office and retail proposal from developer Sterling Bay and architect Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB). Originally posted on the developer’s website as a five-story proposal known as 1056 W. Lake, the brick and glass project jumped up to 13 floors and shifted its official address and entrance to 210 N. Carpenter Street.

Sterling Bay—the developer of Google’s offices at 1K Fulton and McDonald’s upcoming HQ—filed a zoning application with the city of Chicago in early September, seeking a change from C1-2 Commercial to DX-5 Downtown Mixed-Use. The project will contribute $2 million to the city’s neighborhood opportunity fund for the rights to build an additional 85,000 square feet of floor space—bringing the building total to roughly 225,000.

The public meeting to discuss the proposal will be hosted by 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. and the West Loop Community Organization on the evening of Wednesday, November 9th at 7 PM at the Merit School of Music located at 38 S. Peoria Street.

While this presentation represents the project’s first public debut, the Neighbors of the West Loop (NOWL) Development Committee reviewed the project in October and has published feedback. The group suggests reducing building height, a less modern-looking penthouse, an affordable rate retail component, and for the 94-stall garage to be enlarged and moved below grade.

Assuming all goes well, the development team is reportedly targeting the November meeting of the Chicago Plan Commission for Planned Development (PD) approval and hopes to begin construction in the spring of 2017. So far no tenants for 210 N. Carpenter have been announced.