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Suburban Developer Looks to Bring Eleven High-End Condo Units to Dearborn and Huron

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The 13-story luxury condo building would replace an empty lot and a 104-year-old former church in River North.

Yet another new high-end, low unit count condo development may soon be on its way to River North according to a notice of zoning reclassification for 56 W Huron sent to an anonymous tipster living within 250 feet of the site. Based on the mailer, Deerfield-based Kiferbaum Development is seeking a zoning increase from the site’s current DX-5 classification to DX-7 to allow construction of a 13-story, 11-unit condo building.

The Applicant is seeking a zoning change in order to permit the construction of a new thirteen-story all residential building, at the subject site The existing one-and-two story building will be razed. The proposed building will contain a total of eleven (11) dwelling units. A residential lobby and interior parking for eleven (11) vehicles will be at located, at grade level, with the dwelling units located above (Floors 2 thru 13). The new proposed building will be masonry glass and steel in construction and measure 154’-11" or less in height.

The new building will replace the brick 1912 church that has been home to a hair salon in more recent years. The pending demolition of the 104-year-old structure comes on fresh on the heels of increased concerns regarding the threatened state of many of River North’s vintage buildings. While not particularly landmark-worthy in their own right, collectively these types of buildings account for much of the little remaining historic character in the popular downtown neighborhood.

Our same tipster also received mail notice for a special use permit application filed by LG Development for another high-end condo plan similar in scale to 56 W. Huron proposed one block south at 57-61 Erie. That project is looking to replace a low-rise commercial building with a 10-unit, twelve-story luxury condo block. The historic three-story structure to the immediate east will be preserved. These boutique-sized luxury condo projects are encouraging precursors to larger scale condominium developments in the works like 1010-1028 N Dearborn, One Bennett Park, Rafael Viñoly's 113 E Roosevelt, and the supertall Vista Tower from Jeanne Gang.

·New Concerns Over River North's Disappearing Rowhomes [Curbed Chicago]

·River North archives [Curbed Chicago]