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Work already starting at Coyne College's former Fulton Market space

Developer Sterling Bay paid $25 million for the West Loop site earlier this year

After announcing a plan to convert Coyne College’s vacant Fulton Market campus into offices less than one month ago, developer Sterling Bay is already turning its attention to the school's 76,000-square-foot main building. Based on a recent building permit, the scope of the work involves interior demolition and the removal of non load-bearing walls. Constructed in 2004, the structure has been vacant since the school’s packed things up and moved to the Loop in July.

Sterling Bay Managing Principal Andy Gloor confirmed plans to build a nine-story, 400,000-square-foot office building on a lot just east of Coyne’s existing building in August. However, when speaking with Crain’s, Gloor did not rule out the possibility of eventually razing the structure. With permits calling for renovation rather than outright demolition, there’s appears to be a good chance that facility will be repurposed as new offices.

Responsible for converting Fulton Cold Storage to Google’s Chicago headquarters and luring McDonalds corporation from the suburbs to a yet-to-be-built 600,000 square foot facility replacing Oprah’s old Harpo Studios, Sterling Bay is doubling-down on the West Loop for continued office demand. The Chicago-based developer also recently filed a zoning application with the city for 13-story office building at 210 N. Carpenter.