It was back to business as usual for the Chicago Plan Commission on Thursday as the group considered a number of mostly residential development projects following last month’s high-profile meeting to approve the Obama Presidential Center.
Topping the June agenda was the adaptive reuse of the Salvation Army and former YMCA facility at the corner of Ashland and Monroe in the West Loop. The $30 million, transit-oriented plan from developer Cedar Street Cos. includes ground floors retail, 260 residential units (down from an earlier count of 288), and nine parking spaces. The project will set aside 46 affordable units onsite and fund another six units in the surrounding area.
Commission approves @CedarStreetCo rehab plan for the former West Side YMCA complex at Monroe and Ashland. The complex, which is being considered for landmark status, will be rehabbed to include first-floor commercial space and 260 residential units. pic.twitter.com/TMaaTnYPt5— Chicago DPD (@ChicagoDPD) June 21, 2018
The Plan Commission approved a second transit-oriented development proposal for the vacant lot next to Steppenwolf Theatre’s landmarked Yondorf Hall in Lincoln Park. Located at 750 W. North Avenue, the new eight-story building from architect Antunovich Associates calls for 92 residential units, retail, and just ten parking spaces.
Commission approves eight-story, 92-unit project with 10 parking spaces at 750 W. North Ave. in #LincolnPark. The developer of the $25 million project will offer two affordable units on site and pay $875,000 into the Affordable Housing Opportunity Fund. pic.twitter.com/gq2RrefF4J— Chicago DPD (@ChicagoDPD) June 21, 2018
A few blocks to the northwest, a revised plan to rehab the 100-year-old warehouse at Southport and Kingsbury got the nod to change its programming from loft style office space to 56 dwelling units. Such a switch would not have been possible prior to the city’s passage of a sweeping zoning ordinance opening the North Branch Corridor to non-industrial uses. Situated just east of the massive Lincoln Yards project, the older building is especially well-positioned.
Commission OKs adaptive reuse plan in the North Branch Industrial Corridor at 2065 N. Southport with 56 residential units and 39,000 square feet of retail. One affordable unit will be built on site and the developer will pay $642,000 into the Affordable Housing Opportunity Fund. pic.twitter.com/dtB0WohHMa— Chicago DPD (@ChicagoDPD) June 21, 2018
The Plan Commission also OK’d a 20-unit residential building at 8843 W. Agatite Avenue in Uptown and a 75-unit, mixed-income development at 1533 W. Warren Boulevard on Chicago’s Near West Side. Although not requiring a zoning change, the group signed off on a Lakefront Protection Ordinance application for 12-unit condominium development in Ravenswood.
Commission OKs seven-story, 75-unit affordable housing project at 1533 W. Warren Blvd. Sixty of the apartments will be rented at affordable rates, while the remaining 15 will be rented at market rates. pic.twitter.com/9SlHoHb8xd— Chicago DPD (@ChicagoDPD) June 21, 2018
Commission OKs a plan at 4555 N. Ravenswood Ave. in the Ravenswood Industrial Corridor for a four-story building with first-floor retail and 12 residential units. pic.twitter.com/63iQPqvZLU— Chicago DPD (@ChicagoDPD) June 21, 2018
As for commercial projects, Thursday’s meeting saw a new Peoples Gas facility in South Lawndale and a amendment to allow residential storage in a Chatham warehouse development both receive the official thumbs up.
Commission approves @PeoplesGasCHI's 80,000-square-foot office and service center at 4227 W. 35th Place in #SouthLawndale with 800 parking spaces, mostly used for fleet vehicle storage. The $50 million project will create 250 construction jobs. pic.twitter.com/mEhddIx2BN— Chicago DPD (@ChicagoDPD) June 21, 2018
And finally, the commissioners amended an older plan for a 373-unit apartment tower at Halsted and Union streets in the Fulton River District. Approved in March of 2016, the development was back to tweak its boundaries due to a “surveyor’s error,” according to the description on the meeting agenda.
Commission OKs a technical amendment to the project at 352 N. Union Ave., approved by City Council in 2016. The change slightly alters the PD boundaries. The plan has the developer paying $1.23 million into the downtown bonus system, $984,000 of which will go toward #ChicagoNOF. pic.twitter.com/QjvJFqVqot— Chicago DPD (@ChicagoDPD) June 21, 2018