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27-story Hyde Park apartment tower OK’d by Chicago Plan Commission

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The proposed south side high-rise would eliminate a parking lot at the corner of 53rd St. and Cornell Ave.

Chicago Department of Planning and Development

Today’s monthly meeting of the Chicago Plan Commission primarily focused on a new mixed-use tower slated for 1600 East 53rd Street in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood on the city’s South Side. Though all Planned Developments must also pass Chicago’s Zoning Committee and the final vote of the full Chicago City Council, Plan Commission approval is a vital first step for this—or any similarly-sized—new project.

Despite a report by the Hyde Park Herald that roughly 40 neighbors showed up at a community meeting last week to voice concerns over anticipated parking issues and blocked views, the 27-story apartment high-rise earned the majority support of the Commission. Slated to replace a surface lot, the upcoming tower would feature 250 rental units, 173 parking stalls, ground floor retail, and a fifth-floor amenity space with an outdoor pool.

Designed by Chicago-based Cordwell Buenz (SCB), the building’s exterior has been slightly refined compared to what was presented at December’s public meeting. According to the latest renderings, the facade now features more glass and a switch from white to more tan colored cladding materials. Project developer MAC Properties could break ground as early as late 2017/early 2018, provided final approvals and permitting go smoothly.

A second Planned Development appearing on the Chicago Plan Commission’s April agenda involved the approval of a long-discussed transit-oriented development (TOD) slated for the Edgewater neighborhood at 6145 N. Broadway. Currently a shuttered carwash, the site was OK’d to eventually support a new six-story structure containing 105 rental apartments, 45 parking spaces, and new retail space. The plan comes from co-developers City Pads, Catapult Real Estate Solutions, and architecture firm Built Form.