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More office space and a brewery proposed for red-hot Fulton Market District

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Two projects are slated to go before the Chicago Plan Commission later this month

Rendering of 1375 W. Fulton Market.
ESG Architects/Neighbors of the West Loop

After approving the 52-story Equinox hotel tower at 725 W. Randolph and a 13-story office building at 310 N. Sangamon for the Fulton Market District last month, the Chicago Plan Commission will consider two more projects for the red-hot area at its upcoming August meeting.

The larger proposal—a 13-story building at the southeast corner of Fulton Market and Ogden—will bring new office space to the comparatively quiet western edge of the West Loop neighborhood. First proposed as an 18-story, 300-unit apartment tower, the development changed after a move by 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. which restricted new residential projects north of Lake Street, reported Crain’s.

If approved, the building at 1375 W. Fulton Market will replace an existing surface lot with 315,000 square feet of commercial space and garage parking for 116 vehicles. Developer Trammell Crow is requesting a zoning change from M2-3 Light Industry to DX-5 Downtown Mixed-Use and will contribute $2.79M to the Chicago Neighborhood Opportunity Bonus system, according to summary by Neighbors of the West Loop.

A rendering of the adaptive reuse proposal at Kinzie and Green.
MAB Capital Management

Meanwhile, at the northeast corner of Fulton Market, the commissioners will vote on an adaptive reuse project to turn an old industrial building at the intersection of Kinzie and Green streets into a new brewery, distillery, and restaurant for Blind Pig Hospitality. Previously home to a rental truck business, the 15,000-square-foot brick structure will require a zoning change from Light Industry District to Downtown Service District to facilitate the change in use.

Additionally, the Chicago Plan Commission is scheduled to consider a pair of new industrial recycling facilities along the Calumet River on the city’s Far South Side plus a 53,000-square-foot addition to the Chicagoland Laborers’ District Council Training and Apprentice Fund training center in the North Austin neighborhood.

A new six-story, 109-unit apartment development slated for 1750 N. Western Avenue at the border of Bucktown and Logan Square that was deferred at last month’s meeting also appears on the preliminary August agenda. It returns with a one-story height reduction and 14 fewer residential units.

An earlier, seven-story renderings of 1750 N. Western Avenue.
NORR Architects