The shift in Chicago’s Loop from nearly exclusively office building to a more mixed-use neighborhood continues, aided by sky-high hotel rates and demand for living in the city’s downtown. So it shouldn’t be surprising that after several office buildings have recently been converted into hotels, now we have an office building that’s going to become apartments.
FitzGerald Associates sent over a press release about it a couple of days ago. Here are the details about what they’re going to do to 29 South LaSalle:
FitzGerald was chosen by Florida-based DLC Residential to provide full architectural services for the firm’s latest apartment development, The Millennium on LaSalle. Located at 29 South LaSalle in the heart of Chicago’s Loop, Millennium represents the complete conversion of the existing 13-story office building to a highly amenitized development that blends contemporary finishes and conveniences with captivating historic elements. 216 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments are planned. Units will include the latest in “smart” mechanical systems and technological conveniences, including integrated USB power sources throughout, a pre-wired media hub, and bluetooth audio.
A new 14th floor amenity level will be added to the building and will include a pool, a lounge, a sport court with fitness room, a dog run, and landscaped roof deck. In the basement, residents will have access to a large screening room, two console game media rooms, a computer LAN lounge, a musical practice space with recording booth, a dog wash room, laundry/dry cleaning valet, and secure private storage. Bicycle storage in the basement will connect to a first-floor bike workshop via a stair with bike-friendly ramp. The workshop will offer part & supply vending, work stands, and convenient digital media resources for entertainment and technical reference.
The lobby will be renovated with new contemporary finishes, furniture, and lighting–providing a modern aesthetic within the historic marble-clad space. A coffee / media lounge will be created on the first floor, and the development team is seeking approvals to include access to outdoor cafe-style seating in the adjacent Arcade Place. The building will feature approximately 7,000 square feet of retail space.
The building–built as the National Life Building–was designed by Jenney & Mundie and completed in 1902. The building was renovated in 1940 and was most recently known as Barrister Hall.
Construction is expected to begin in Fall 2015.