New high and mid-rise residential developments have been popping up like daisies in the West Loop in recent months. It’s not uncommon at community meetings for architects describing new structures to field questions from residents fretting about parking, lack of green space, and blocked views.
So it’s a bit unusual when a community meeting ends without rancor and neighbors satisfied with plans for a new development. But that’s what I witnessed when Thomas Roszak from Thomas Roszak Architecture described a 15-story development his firm designed to go up at 601 West Jackson Boulevard.
The meeting was held at neighboring 565 West Quincy, and what few questions people had were related to construction the noise they might experience. Since there is little excavation planned (caissons will be used for the footing of the structure), initial construction noise is expected to be minimal and limited to daytime.
The building design includes noteworthy elements, like renaissance stone on the alley façade to dress up the exterior. The Roszak Architecture team pulled out all the stops on the north side of the building, which will feature green mullions, an homage to windswept Chicago prairie grass.
At 154 feet tall with a planned 198 rental units, the developers don’t even need to apply for a zoning variance; the building will fall within the current DX-7 zoning.
Roszak said financing has been secured and a November first start date is scheduled. The construction should be complete in approximately 16 months.
Plans call for a mixed-use development with retail and restaurants at ground level, three floors of parking, an interior green courtyard with dog run on the fourth floor, and a pool/sundeck at roof level. The building will have a 24-hour doorman and a maintenance staff. This luxury and convenience will come at a price, with units going for around $2,750 a month. Parking is extra.