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Loop parking garage prepares to bite the dust

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Could a 20-story boutique office project rise in its place?

145 S. Wells
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A four-story concrete parking structure in the heart of the Chicago Loop has been cleared for demolition. Located at 145 S. Wells, the site carries beefy DC-16 Downtown Core District zoning and could be replaced by an office tower shown recently on the website of architect-developer Thomas Roszak with relative ease. Considering the demo permit lists ownership as “145 S Wells Holdings LLC”—an entity sharing the same address as Roszak’s firm—it looks like high-rise redevelopment of the site is likely.

The proposed replacement for 145 S. Wells would rise 20-stories and would be marketed towards “boutique” office tenants. According to official renderings, the new building would feature a contrasting maze-like facade and indoor/outdoor tenant amenity spaces with fire pits, table tennis, a golf simulator, wading pool, and bar. The site is located just steps from the soon-to-be-overhauled Quincy/Wells CTA station.