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Hotels for Navy Pier, River North top agenda for August Plan Commission meeting

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The city-appointed commission will meet on August 18th to review upcoming development projects

Later this month, a number of high-profile development projects will go before the city of Chicago Plan Commission for approval. While the time between city approval and shovels in the ground can greatly vary, the monthly meeting is always a good indicator of projects coming down the pipeline.

Navy Pier Hotel

↑ Private developer/operator First Hospitality Group is partnering with Navy Pier to amend the pier’s existed Planned Development (PD) terms to allow the construction of a 240-key hotel. The seven-story KOO-designed hotel will be spread over three bracket-shaped bays situated immediately south of festival hall. The plans also call for a new rooftop terrace and an elevated walkway and water feature at the pier’s eastern end.

314-332 North Clark Street

↑ Proposed to replace a small parking lot and furniture store attached to the riverfront Reid Murdock center is a 500-key hotel from Friedman Properties and architect HKS. Containing no on-site parking, the new tower will handle all guest loading off of a proposed elevated connection above the Carroll Ave. right-of-way between Clark and LaSalle.

430-438 North LaSalle Street

↑ Developer PG is seeking approval to bring a 235-foot, 199-room limited service hotel to the surface lot at northwest corner of LaSalle and Hubbard. Penned by Saroki Architecture, the project features 1,900 square feet of meeting space, 5,360 square feet of ground floor retail, an indoor pool, a rooftop terrace, and no on-site parking.

450 West Belmont Avenue

↑ Located in the heart of East Lake View, this proposed 179-foot residential project from Developer Chioros Properties an architect Antunovich Associates will contain 80 dwelling units and parking for 48 vehicles. This represents a slight reduction from the 95-units and 52-parking-stall plan that was presented to neighbors back in November.

2015-2031 North Mendell Street

↑ Baker Development plans to renovate of the former Stawski Distributors building at 2017 N. Mendell on the West Bank of the Chicago River’s north branch into new high-tech office space. The existing two and three-story commercial building will grow to four-story, 63,300 square foot structure designed by Chicago’s MRSA Architects. It will feature a roof-top deck and parking for 49 vehicles.

57-65 East Oak Street

↑ While not seeking a zoning change, a proposal to construct a new 4-story commercial retail and restaurant development at 57-65 E. Oak Street falls within the Private Use Zone of the Chicago Lakefront Protection and therefore requires Plan Commission approval to move forward.

No. 9 Walton

↑ As previously reported, the high-end condominium tower already under construction in Gold Coast is indeed going back before the city for for permission to build two additional floors. The bump would see No. 9 Walton’s height grow from the previously approved 430’ to 456’ and the addition of five dwelling units. In exchange for the increase of allowable density, the development team will pay into Mayor Emanuel's recently approved Neighborhood Opportunity Fund.

4525 North Kenmore Avenue

↑ Morningside Stewart LLC (an affiliate of Morningside Group) plans to renovate Uptown’s Graeme Stewart Elementary School into 64 new residential units and approximately 100 off-street parking spaces. The conversion is being overseen by Chicago architecture firm Pappageorge Haymes Partners.

Other projects on the agenda include a 13-acre auto salvage/recycling facility at 3110-3250 South St. Louis Avenue in South Lawndale and an 84-unit, 14-building townhouse complex proposed for 2102-2120 North Natchez Avenue in Galewood. The meeting will also see a presentation from Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives regarding the new Whole Foods distribution center that recently broke ground in Pullman on the city’s far south side.

The Plan Commission will meet on Thursday, August 18th at 10:00 AM in the Council Chambers located on the second floor of City Hall at 121 N LaSalle. It is open to the public and provides an opportunity for private citizens to testify for or against any given proposal. All projects that pass the Plan Commission still must go before the Chicago City Council for final approval.