Dishing the Deets on Fifield’s New Cabrini Green Tower

Drawing of 347 West Chestnut

Drawing of 347 West Chestnut

The transformation of the greater Cabrini Green area from a stigmatized ghetto into a revitalized mixed-income neighborhood continues.  Just days after the Chicago Housing Authority released its preliminary intentions for the next phase of its part of the project, Crain’s Chicago Business had the news that Fifield plans to build a new residential tower on the south side of the West Chestnut Street dead end, near the abandoned Saint Dominick’s Church.  Right now, it’s a surface parking lot.

347 West Chestnut diagramUnfortunately, the Crain’s article was a little light on details about the $140-million project.  But if there’s one thing we’re good at, it’s digging through the paperwork and coming up with the goods.  Here’s what we know:

  • Address: 347 West Chestnut Street
  • Developer: FRC Realty (100% owned by Steven Fifield)
  • Architecture firm: Pappageorge Haymes
  • Height to roof: 325 feet
  • Maximum height: 345 feet
  • Length: 213½ feet
  • Width: 123⅓ feet
  • Site area: 103,029 square feet
  • Lot size: 74,244 square feet
  • Residences: 333
  • Parking: 184 spaces
  • Garage access via West Chestnut Street
  • Bicycle parking: 92 spaces
  • Loading docks: 1 (on West Chestnut Street)
  • Green roof: 50%
  • Balcony railings are glass
  • Retail: Facing North Orleans Street
  • 31: Mechanical
  • 7-30: Residential
  • 6: Common areas
  • 2-5: Parking
  • 1: Lobby, Retail, Mechanical

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  1. What effect will this have on the cooking school? I assumed they owned the parking lot.

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    • Editor

      Actually, the parking lot was owned by another company called Marc Realty. Fifield is buying the parking lot from that company.

      It’s my understanding from reading the city documents that there will be a nice public plaza between the new residential tower and the cooking school. It will be built by Fifield and maintained by the tower.

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  2. It could potentially be a nice tower, but it seems overly wide to me. It’s 2/3 wide as it is tall. The horizontal visual and boxy aspect remind me to muck of K2, but with more glass.

    Fifield has used P/H so much. I wish he would diversify architecturally.

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