Chicago's downtown building boom continues as a glassy 26-story residential tower planned for the northeast corner of State and Huron officially kicks off construction and joins an already impressive number of highrise projects currently rising across the Windy City.
The development has certainly been a long time coming. Developer CA Ventures (formerly Campus Acquisitions) first announced plans to redevelop the narrow River North site well over three years ago. Over time the plan evolved from student housing to luxury residential, but it’s still unclear if the Valerio Dewalt Train Associates-designed building will house rental units, condos, or perhaps even a combination of the two.
Demolition began in February and crews quickly dropped the 19th-century rowhouses that occupied addresses 4-8 E Huron. The Consulate General of Ukraine building at 10 E Huron will be sandwiched between the new development and neighboring parking garage, thus preserving at least a piece of the block's historic character.
The project received its building permit late last week and workers have wasted little time, drilling at least one of the caissons to support the 290-foot tower. A rendering of the tower’s lower portion appearing on CA Venture's webpage shows new ground floor and garage access fronting State Street. The project’s glass facade will provide a welcomed contrast to River North’s mostly beige streetscape.