Hotel Sandwich Proposed for the West Loop

108 North Jefferson rendering

108 North Jefferson rendering courtesy of the office of Alderman Brendan Reilly.

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

Author: Editor

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