Developer Baking Plans For Skyscraper to Rise on Restaurant Row

 725 West Randolph diagram

Plans for another West Town apartment tower are moving forward.

We first heard about a new building on the southwest corner of West Randolph Street and the Kennedy Expressway way back in January. Back then it was little more than a blurb in Crain’s Chicago Business, and an indication of about 90 residences.

Then in February, some paperwork was filed with the city of Chicago bumping that number up. Way up. To 31 stories and 190 residences.

Now the current proposal is for a 31-story building with 220 apartments over 260 parking spaces and 3,000 square feet of retail space. Its size and location fit well with the city’s long-term goal of placing a line of skyscrapers along the west side of the Expressway in order to block the sound and visual blight of I-90/94 from Greektown and the West Loop.

Twenty-Seventh Ward Alderman Walter Burnett Junior has called a public meeting for next Tuesday to hear what the neighbors think of the proposed building. It will be at 6:00pm at Venue One (1044 West Randolph Street).

Here are the details of the plan, as filed with the city. What will be revealed next Tuesday will be somewhat different, but this gives us a good idea of what’s coming down the pike:

  • Size: 31 stories
  • Height: 329 feet
  • Residences: 220 (increased from 190 in previous plan)
  • Parking: 260 spaces (increased from 234 spaces in previous plan)
  • Retail floor space: 3,000 square feet (reduced from 7,500 square feet in previous plan)
  • Lot size: 19,262 square feet
  • Parking garage appears not to be the typical ramp-style garage, but one with auto elevators.
  • Level 1: Retail, lobby
  • Levels 2-8: Parking
  • Level 9: Dog run, common outdoor area
  • Levels 10-30: Residential
  • Level 31: Mechanical
  • Building width (east-west): 80 feet
  • Building length (north-south): 151 feet
  • Tower length (north-south): 120 feet

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