Construction Update
Big Blue Turning Silver on Goose Island

625 West Division under construction

For months it’s been a distinctive presence in the Goose Island neighborhood: The mid-sized tower rising at 625 West Division Street’s corporate blue construction safety netting has made it stand out even against Chicago’s legendarily azure skies.  The Chicago Architecture Blog‘s Daniel Schell Divvyed by recently and found that as progress continues, the building it slowly turning from blue to silver.

625 West Division renderingThat’s because it’s finally getting its outer skin.  The 18-story high rise was designed by GREC Architects and will eventually be covered in a pattern of silvery glass, suitable for complementing Chicago’s moody blue sky.  It’s being developed by Gerding Edlen, the busy little real estate beavers out of Portland, Oregon who are just getting their Chicago operation ramped up.  It’s the company behind the Jones Chicago residential building in River North and recently bought 156 North Jefferson, a nominal warehouse-turned-office building in the West Loop.

When complete, 625 West Division will have 240 residences in a 244,000 square foot building.  The developers are hoping for LEED Gold status when it’s completed late this year.

The developers are also hoping you won’t notice that it’s on the edge of Cabrini Green.  The Gerdling Elden web site lists it as being “in the emerging SoNo/Clybourn Corridor neighborhood.”  Real estate web sites list it variously as being in Lincoln Park, River North, the Gold Coast, West Town, Wicker Park, and even Bucktown.  Sorry, developers.  In your gymnastic efforts to avoid calling this location Cabrini Green you failed to notice that it’s actually, officially,  six feet into the Goose Island neighborhood.

Location: 625 West Division Street, Goose Island

Author: Editor

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