Bridging a Gap in the Fulton River District [updated]

Drawing of the K2 Bridge over North Union Avenue courtesy of Fifield Companies

Drawing of the K2 Bridge over North Union Avenue courtesy of Fifield Companies

Tis the season for pedestrian bridges.  The city is in the middle of a project to build several along the lakefront and Lake Shore Drive, the Cubs want to put one up in Wrigleyville, and hardly a year passes that one Northwestern or the other (university or hospital) doesn’t put one in Streeterville.

Chicago’s next pedestrian bridge will be erected Friday, February 7, 2014 in the Fulton River District.  Friends-of-the-blog, Fifield Companies, is building it to link the new K2 residential tower (North Halsted Street) with the newish Jewel-Osco supermarket and strip mall on the other side of North Union Avenue.  The bridge was designed by Pappageorge/Haymes.

You can see in the photo below that the parts of the bridge arrived on site early this week.  A press release follows the picture.

Construction materials for the K2 Bridge.  Photograph courtesy of Fifield Companies.

Construction materials for the K2 Bridge. Photograph courtesy of Fifield Companies.

Fifield Cos. Erects Bridge Over Union Avenue February 5, 2014, Connecting K2 and Jewel-Osco

CHICAGO (February 3, 2014) – Fifield Cos., one of Chicago’s leading real estate development firms, will erect a bridge over Union Avenue, connecting K2 Apartments and the Jewel – Osco on Des Plaines Street, on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 9:00 a.m., creating a private access for residents of the luxury apartment building from the building’s pool deck directly to the grocery store.

“It took more than two years to bring this to fruition, but we persevered because this is an incredible benefit for our residents,” said Randy Fifield, principal and vice chair of Fifield. “Residents of K2 have come to expect the best amenities and this new bridge adds yet another convenience to K2’s luxury lifestyle.”

The approximately 105-foot bridge will be an open-air structure that connects the Jewel – Osco parking deck to an outdoor area adjacent to K2’s pool deck. K2 residents have access to this bridge and will have electric key access to enter gates at both ends. Once the bridge is erected this week, it will take another six-to-eight weeks of installation of special side panels and floor treads before residents can use it in March.

“It’s been extremely cold in Chicago this winter and the bridge will shorten our residents’ walk to their neighborhood grocery store substantially on those frigid days,” said Steve Fifield, chairman and CEO. “Right now our residents have to exit the K2 lower lobby at Kinzie Street, walk up Kinzie to Des Plaines Street, turn right and walk up Des Plaines to the Jewel Osco entrance and back. That round trip from the main lobby to Jewel and back is about 500 steps each way versus 200 steps from the K2 deck across the new bridge to the Jewel Osco entrance. When you’re carrying groceries, this makes the trip much shorter.”

K2, a 496-unit luxury apartment project, opened in March of 2013 and is currently 70 percent leased.

Residences at K2 include studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. Interiors feature luxury finishes such as nine-foot ceilings, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, Bluetooth amplifiers with in-wall speakers, plank flooring and Grohe fixtures. Rents range from $1,650 for a studio to $6,500 for a three-bedroom, three-bath penthouse. Chicago Social called K2 “one of the top luxury buildings” in Chicago today.

Amenities at K2 include a state-of-the-art exercise facility complete with men’s and women’s locker rooms, steam rooms, showers, and lockers; a basketball court/yoga studio; a screening room with the largest building screen in Chicago at 185-inches; and a business center with six computer stations and a AV/TV equipped separate boardroom for residents’ business needs.

At the center of K2’s outdoor gathering area is a 70-foot lap pool with four full-sized swimming lanes. The pool deck will feature four Wi-Fi wired cabanas, including two that can be completely enclosed for outdoor massages. The outdoor lounge area comes with a gas fire pit and direct access to both interior party rooms and lounge areas. K2 also provides a half-acre fenced-in dog park, complete with hills, a dog washing station, a bike kitchen and air pump in the garage. Every conceivable amenity and service has been imagined and brought to this serene property.

K2 Apartments is located at 365 N. Halsted Street and is a joint venture of Fifield Companies and Wood Partners. For more information on leasing at K2, visitwww.k2apts.com or call 855.886.7774.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to reflect a new installation date of February 7, 2014.  The original date of February 5 has to be postponed because of yet another snowstorm.

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