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Old Town Hotel, River North Condos Top June Plan Commission Agenda

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The public meeting will take place on June 16th in City Hall council chambers

While the June meeting of the Chicago Plan Commission may not include any skyline-altering skyscrapers on its docket, the city panel will hear a variety of projects poised to impact a number of neighbors. Scheduled for June 16th at 10:00 AM in the second floor city council chambers at City Hall, the meeting will be open to the public and provides opportunities for private individuals to speak in favor or against any given project. Approval by the Plan Commission is requisite for all Planned Developments before heading to the full Chicago City Council for final go-ahead.

1520-1532 N. Wells Street

↑ This 13-story Pappageorge Haymes-designed boutique hotel slated to replace O'Brien's Restaurant in heart of Old Town has experienced a mixed reception from some local residents despite multiple reductions in height since its initial introduction. While the proposal — a collaboration between Chicago-based Condor Partners and Chicago Development Partners — last included between 175 and 200 guest rooms when it was presented to neighbors in January, it's possible that the programing may have been tweaked in the months since. The plan also calls for a new O'Briens space, a second more upscale restaurant concept, a rooftop bar, below grade parking, and four new single-family homes fronting Wieland Avenue.

300 W. Huron Street

↑ JFJ Development is looking to bring 71 luxury condominiums and 71 parking stalls to River North with this modern 24-story tower drawn up by Chicago's Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture. The mid-block location of the 304-foot building intentionally positions most of its bulk away from the neighboring townhouses to the west and allows for the creation of two separate outdoor amenities spaces, connected via an outdoor jogging track. The over 32,000-square-foot parcel is currently in service as a surface parking lot.

3901 N. Broadway Avenue

↑ In Lakeview, Vermillion Development is seeking approval for a 10-story mixed-use building designed by Hirsch Associates LLC. Plans call for 100 dwelling units atop 3,200 square feet ground floor commercial space and 59 parking stalls. Located just blocks from Lake Michigan, the proposal replaces a long-abandoned gas station at the intersection of Broadway and Sheridan.

2328 N. California Avenue

↑ While Savoy Development was granted city approval for a 52-unit residential project at this location in 2014, the firm has since changed its plans and now seeks to bring 134 apartments to Chicago’s rapidly changing Logan Square neighborhood. The six-story, lime green transit-oriented project at 2328 N. California Avenue will also contain 9,000 square feet of commercial space, parking for 44 automobiles and 134 bicycles, and a new pocket park.

768 N. Abderdeen

↑ Owner/developer John Kelly heads to this month's Plan Commission seeking approval for a 11-story, mixed-use building at 768 N. Aberdeen in Chicago's River West neighborhood. Penned by FitzGerald Associates Architects, the design includes 175 dwelling units, ground floor retail, and accessory parking. The proposal has shrunk slightly from the 12-story, 190-unit scheme initially filed with the city back in September.

Other items on the agenda include adopting a Waterway Planned Development at 1511 W. Webster for CH Robinson’s new four-story, SOM-designed HQ in the Elston Corridor Planned Manufacturing District and a zoning change permitting the Illinois Institute of Technology to convert its historic redbrick 1883 Main Building at 3300 S. Federal Street from former administrative offices into new apartments.