Golub Townhome Development to Begin Demolition And Pre-Construction

1712 South Prairie

1712 South Prairie

The former XO Condo Development at 1712 South Prairie in the South Loop will re-emerge as a pricey condominium complex in about 18 months. The new Golub Town Home Development, designed by Sullivan Goulette & Wilson, will begin pre-construction activities in the next few weeks.

Jeff Goulette

Jeff Goulette

A status report on Golub and several other pending developments were on a busy schedule at the Prairie District Neighborhood Association (PDNA) community meeting held Monday evening at the Second Presbyterian Church at 1936 South Michigan Avenue.

Jeff Goulette, design principal at SGW, offered details on key changes made to the Golub design since preliminary renderings were presented to PDNA members last year. The initial design was met with yawns by the PDNA — these people prefer their buildings distinctive and stately.

SGW and the Golub team heard the criticism and responded with several noticeable modifications.

“The direction we took was from the Prairie School of Architecture,” Goulette said. “We’re using vertical piers and pavilions, metal spans, two different colors of brick, and a lot of stone ornamentation around the entries to address comments from the community.”

1834-1940 South Calumet Condominiums

1834-1940 South Calumet Condominiums

The Golub development will consist of 60 three-to-five bedroom units ranging from 2,800 square feet to 5,400 square feet. Prices will begin at about $600,000. Demolition of the buildings on the site will begin soon with construction to follow. An 18-to 24-month construction timeframe is planned.

Following the status report on the Golub Town Home project, PDNA President Tina Feldstein offered a few additional construction updates. They included the 1834-1940 South Calumet condominium project developed by Harborside Development. Architect Michael L. Leary is designing the seven units ranging from $800,000 to $1.5 million, Feldstein said. Sizes range from 3,475 square feet to 4,852 square feet (including a two-car garage). Construction is expected to begin in the spring with completion a year later.

PDNA President Tina Feldstein

PDNA President Tina Feldstein

Feldstein also offered an update on the MPEA expansion. Groundbreaking is expected in July. The development will include a Marriott Marquis Hotel, event center, 10,000-seat arena and park.

She also offered an update on the McHugh Development project at 111 East Cermak. The original development plan called for a data center, hotel, and retail space. The project is still moving forward but without the data center because the tenant backed out. Feldstein said the loss of the data center is disappointing but McHugh is still focused on finding another possible data center tenant. Also, she said, discussions are underway with a “major restaurateur” to include a restaurant that would take over the space at the corner of Indiana and Michigan Avenue.

Bill Motchan

Author: Bill Motchan

Bill Motchan is a writer and photographer, and a former resident of the West Loop. He can be reached at bill@ChicagoArchitecture.org.

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