Use Those Coupons Now: Tower of Jewel Soon to Rise Under a New Name [updated]

Rendering of the new Jewel-Osco, courtesy of Fifield

Rendering of the new Jewel-Osco, courtesy of Fifield

The Gold Coast’s newest skyscraper is about to take shape at the corner of Clark and Division.  The Jewel-Osco store at 1210 North Clark Street will close June 4, so it can be demolished and replaced with a new skyscraper and a much better store.

Rendering of The Sinclair, courtesy of Fifield

Rendering of The Sinclair, courtesy of Fifield

It’s the second very welcome rehabilitation of this grotty corner of Chicago.  The CTA is wrapping up its refurbishment of its Red Line subway station at this intersection. It was the first major renovation of the station since it opened in 1943.

Plans for the new Jewel tower have been in flux for the last few years.  We’ve watched as the original 42-story plan was repeatedly shaved down to 40-stories, then 37, and finally 35 like a fussy old lady at the deli counter insisting on her pepperoni being sliced “just so.”  The Chicago Plan Commission was finally able to give its approval to the project last November.  It also received a real name, other than “Tower of Jewell” that people in the neighborhood call it.  It’s officially The Sinclair.

Now that demolition is imminent, here’s the bird’s eye low down on this caper:

  • Address: 1200-1210 North Clark Street
  • Address: 100-130 West Division Street
  • Address: 1201-1209 North LaSalle Street
  • Developer: FRC LaSalle LLC
  • For realsies: Fifield
  • Architecture firm: Solomon Cordwell Buenz
  • Residences: 390
  • Floor Area Ratio: 6.7
  • Parking: 350 spaces
  • Car-sharing spaces: 1
  • Apartment configuration:
    • Studio: $1,900 (52 units)
    • Convertible: $2,175 (120 units)
    • 1 bedroom/1 bath: $2,475 (116 units)
    • 2 bedroom/2 bath: $3,700 (86 units)
    • 3 bedroom/3 bath: $6,600 (16 units)
    • 4 bedroom penthouses on 35th floor (unknown number)
    • Affordable housing units: 39
  • Parking space cost: $215-$275/month
  • Parking garage entrance: North Clark Street
  • Parking garage exits: Via north-south public alley and North Clark Street
  • Loading dock access: Via north-south public alley
  • Commercial space: 55,000 square feet
  • Loading docks: six
  • Height to roof: 390 feet
  • Maximum building height: 420 feet
  • Residential entrance: West Division Street
  • Jewel entrance: Corner of Division and public alley, and corner of Division and Clark
  • New subway entrance on North LaSalle Street
  • Green roof alert! 22,599 square feet on Jewel, 7,074 square feet on residential tower
  • Basketball court on roof of Jewel
  • Pool on roof of Jewel
  • Anticipated start of leasing: September 1, 2016
Updated: May 5, 2015 @ 5:57pm

Updated the stats above to increase the number of parking spaces to 350, commercial space to 55,000 square feet, and add that there will be an unknown number of four-bedroom penthouses.

Author: Editor

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