▶ Proposed Oak Park Residential Tower Gets Animated

While downtown Chicago has the feel of the start of what perhaps might maybe somehow could possibly be called a miniature residential construction boom, it’s not all the action happening in Chicagoland. Oak Park has several projects on the drawing boards these days which will introduce new residential towers to a suburb that has been kept remarkably low-rise in spite of its popularity.

One of those projects is called Oak Park Station (also sometimes known as the Westgate and Lake Project), designed by FitzGerald Associates.  It’s a five-story mixed use building facing Lake Street tethered to a 20-story tower facing North Boulevard.  They’re tied together by a pedestrian bridge spanning Westgate Street.  It replaces a surface parking lot.

The development team hopes to break ground this fall and have people living there by fall of 2016, with a completion date in the spring of 2017.

The project has already gone through several public hearings, and VOP-TV, the village’s video channel, recently added the animation above to its YouTube page.

Thirsty for more? Here’s the firehose:

  • Developer: Lennar
  • Developer: Clark Street Development
  • Architecture firm: FitzGerald Associates
  • Westgate Street goes from being a through street to a cul-de-sac
  • Portions of existing parking lots become newly minuted public street Maple Street
  • Pedestrian bridge length: 77 feet, 10 inches
  • Loading docks: 2, both off of Westgate Street
  • Residential entrances: 3, two off of Westgate Street, one off of Maple Street
  • Retail spaces: 7
  • Lake Street building retail space: 23,139 square feet
  • Lake Street building residences: 80
  • North Boulevard building retail space: 2,000 square feet
  • North Boulevard building parking spaces: 428
  • North Boulevard building residences: 190
Location: Westgate at Maple, Oak Park

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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