It’s been half a year since paperwork was filed with the city to build a 30-story residential tower at 460 West Chicago Avenue, a block away from the old Montgomery Ward catalog warehouse. Now the plan is finally going before the Chicago Plan Commission for approval.
If it gets the green, the building will rise 301 feet over what is still officially the Cabrini Green neighborhood, in spite of developers’ recent efforts to replace that historic and honored name with syllabic abbreviations the way hipsters in New York and Portland do. They’re happy to erase the name of America’s first saint who helped countless thousands of poor people in favor of a toddler’s vocabulary of DoDo’s and CaCa’s, if it helps them move real estate.
Now, to the stats:
- Developer: Davis Lakefront LLC
- Architecture firm: VOA Associates
- Stories: 30
- Residences: 225
- Project footprint: 18,300 square feet
- Height: 301 feet to the roof, not including mechanical penthouse
- Width: 169 feet, 7 inches
- Depth: 115 feet, 7 inches
- Retail space: 8,000 square feet
- Parking entrance on North Cambridge Avenue
- Pedestrian entrance: North Cleveland Avenue
- Green roof alert!