For a simple parking lot, the space at 108 North Jefferson Street goes through more mood swings than Robin Williams on a Starbucks jag.
When we first met the property, it was going to be the home of a shiny new condo block. When the market tanked, gears shifted and it was pegged as an apartment building. As the recession dragged on, it was re-imagined as a modest office tower. And now it has finally made the transition to the newly fashionable style of land use: The hotel sandwich.
According to an e-mail alert from 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly, Jupiter Realty wants to put up a single building with a Hampton Inn on top and a Homewood Suites on the bottom. Or the other way around.
We’ve seen this kind of hotel layering before in Chicago, such as at the proposed Hyatt House-over-Hyatt Place at Rush and Superior. In other cities it’s been done with brands as tony as the Four Seasons.
Because this new building won’t require a zoning change, there isn’t as much of a paper trail for us to dig through, but here’s what we know so far:
- Developer: Jupiter Realty Company
- Architecture firm: VOA
- Hampton Inn size: 210 rooms
- Homewood Suites size: 128 rooms
- Height: 250 feet
- Stories: 23
- Floor space: 302,000 square feet
- Retail floor space: 7,950 square feet
- Parking: 117 spaces
- Green roof alert