New West Loop Apartment Block to Break Ground This Month

601 West Jackson drawing courtesy of Thomas Roszak Architecture.

601 West Jackson drawing courtesy of Thomas Roszak Architecture.

Half a year ago we brought you the story of 601 West Jackson, the 15-story residential block intended for the southwest corner of  West Jackson Boulevard and South Jefferson Street in the West Loop.  Now it looks like those drawings are going to become reality.

Globe Street reports that developers Dan Moceri, Oak Residential Partners, and Thomas Roszak plan to break ground on the building this month, and hope to have it finished by spring of next year.

When the building was presented to neighborhood groups, they got behind it.  It’s not too big, not too flashy, and replaces a surface parking lot with something more productive.  It will be 154 feet tall and offer 190 residences.  It was designed by Mr. Roszak.

Three weeks ago the city issued a permit to demolish the parking attendant’s booth on the property, so expect to see bulldozers and cranes show up soon.  The developers have also asked the city for permission to sink 20 caissons 83-feet deep under public property to help support the building in exchange for paying the city $400 a year.  A decision hasn’t been made on that yet.

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  1. Do you have any history on this part of wall that is/was on the site? I’m guessing it was leftover from whatever building occupied the site previously, but I can’t figure out why just that part would’ve stayed. You’d think someone, either with the city or the property owners would be concerned with it being blown over since it’s just a flat wall. A shame that it’s going, but the building does seem like a win for everyone…except commuters who drive into the city.

    Also, what public property would have the caissons drilled into it? It seems like all the piles should be able to fit on the site itself as there’s no overhangs that would need special pilings.

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      The earliest record I can find for this location is from 1878 when it was a single-family home. In 1904 it was the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hyde.

      By about 1915 there was a huge building on the site. It was a warehouse and showroom, and maybe a factory, for the National Casket Company. It could be from that building that the freestanding wall remains.

      That doesn’t seem to have lasted long, because in 1926 it was the home of Vaughan’s Seed Store, which later became Vaughan’s Seed Company. The last information I have for that property is 1956 when it was still Vaughan’s. In 1966 Vaughan’s bought McHutchison’s in Downers Grove, but apparently went with the McHutchinson’s name. That may be when the West Loop building was abandoned or torn down, since it was at a time when a lot of companies were starting to move to the suburbs. McHutchinson apparently still owns the Vaughan’s name and is going to use it for a new company in Naperville.

      As for the caissons, I can’t tell from the drawings I have in my files why it’s necessary to intrude into the public way, probably because I’m not any sort of engineer. It’s not an unusual request, but you’re right — it’s usually only when there’s building directly above.

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