Big Bowl Building Bids to Be Bigger, Better, Blockier

State and Cedar, courtesy of Baum Realty Group

State and Cedar, courtesy of Baum Realty Group

If you have a craving for Cantowanvietapanese food in the Gold Coast, better head to Big Bowl soon.  It’s closing at the end of July.  That’s the word from a text message to our tip line from Loop Spy Daniel.  It jibes with a petition that the Chicago Plan Commission is scheduled to hear this week that seeks to rebuild the building at 1121 North State Street.  The new one will be called State and Cedar.

State and Cedar, courtesy of Baum Realty Group

State and Cedar, courtesy of Baum Realty Group

The Applicant is proposing to complete a large scale rehabilitation of the existing one-story building on the subject site which will result in an increase in building height.

According to our tipster, “large scale rehabilitation” is a codeword for “tear the joint down” and based on renderings of the proposed new 1121 North State, it really is splitting hairs because the new building will be unrecognizable compared to the old when it opens in the spring of 2016.

State and Cedar, courtesy of Baum Realty Group

State and Cedar, courtesy of Baum Realty Group

The owner, Marol State, and the developer, Baum Realty Group, originally planned to build a three-story building at this location, according to a September, 2013 Crain’s Chicago Business article.  But the latest drawings of the project look like it’s going to remain just one story with a total building size of 7,700 square feet.   Still, the petition for an “increase in building height” is pretty vague. The property is zoned DX-7, so the developer could go as high as seven stories without asking for special permission.

It’s not often we do stories about one-story buildings.  Even one-story buildings turning into other one-story buildings.  But this is all about location.  It’s the corner of Rush and Cedar, the nexus of Viagra Triangle —the hottest corner of the toniest neighborhood in Chicago.  It’s left skyscraper nerds and density junkies scratching their heads wondering why this isn’t going to be developed into a high-priced condo building like SCB’s 4 East Elm just a block away.

Inquiring minds want to know.

But we couldn’t write a development article without squeezing information in about a skyscraper somewhere.  So, since we’re on the topic of Baum Realty Group, it’s working on another project to completely re-work the ground floors of the Chestnut Place Apartments (850 North State Street).  Replacing the dated brick and miniature plaza with a more modern wall of contemporary retail.  The goal is for the picture below to become a reality in the beginning of next year.  You’re welcome.

Drawing of Chestnut Place Apartments retail, courtesy of Baum Realty Group

Drawing of Chestnut Place Apartments retail, courtesy of Baum Realty Group

 

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