Months after the ceremonial groundbreaking, and weeks after demolition crews pulled up the landscaping and tore down the kinda cool pergola in the middle of the surface parking lot, construction is finally about to begin on the residential skyscraper at 833 North Clark Street.
Permits were issued last week to get things rolling, and as always the city of Chicago is a fan of brevity:
Foundation and Superstructure only for a new 31-Story Residential Tower with three levels of parking and 369 Dwelling Units
The tower, co-developed by Ryan Companies and Lincoln Property Company and designed by Antunovich Associates, will rise 380 feet in place of the surface parking lot. Those of you keeping score at home can pencil in “Early 2017” for a completion date.
This is one of the great examples of the city of Chicago moving forward, without destroying its past. The U.S. Bank branch that currently inhabits the former Cosmopolitan State Bank building at this location will be preserved as part of the new skyscraper project. It was built in 1920 and designed by Schmidt, Garden & Martin. The city made it a landmark in 2008.
Read more about the building in the Ryan Companies’ press release:
Ryan Companies and Lincoln Property Company Announce Luxury Gold Coast Apartment Tower
Ryan Companies US, Inc. and Lincoln Property Company have announced plans for a luxury, amenity-laden apartment tower in Chicago’s highly sought-after, downtown Gold Coast residential market, targeting the housing needs of discerning young professionals and savvy urban couples.
The 31-story, 373-unit tower, now referred to as 833 North Clark Street Apartments, will be constructed at the southeast corner of Clark and Chestnut Streets on a 41,000-square-foot site that was purchased from U.S. Bank. A groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the launch of construction was held at the site on Friday, July 24, just days after the development team purchased the land parcel and closed on an $88 million construction loan with U.S. Bank.
“We are very excited to begin construction on the 833 North Clark Street Apartments,” said Dan Walsh, Vice President of Development, Ryan Companies US, Inc. “This is one of this city’s iconic downtown neighborhoods. Our desire is to deliver an architectural gem that embraces history and adds to the great character of this special place.”
“A successful multi-family development begins with an outstanding team, a well located site and includes world-class architectural design with a comprehensive menu of services and amenities,” said Brian Byrne, Executive Vice President, Lincoln Property Company. “It will all come to life through the collaborative expertise of this very special development team. This is a truly unique project.”
Ryan Companies US, Inc. and Lincoln Property Company are serving as co-developers of the project. Ryan also will be the Design-Build contractor and Lincoln Property will be the leasing and management firm. The design team for 833 North Clark Street Apartments includes Ryan A+E, Inc., Design Architect; Antunovich Associates, Architect of Record; Studio K, Interior Designer; and TGRWA, Structural Engineer.
Daiwa House Texas Inc. is the primary equity investor in 833 North Clark Street Apartments, a development valued at more than $100 million. Terms of the financial arrangement are not being disclosed.
The bank, also the previous owner of the 41,000-square-foot site, will continue to operate an adjacent office at the historic Cosmopolitan State Bank Building and rebuild its drive-through as part of the development’s parking structure.
When it opens in early 2017, 833 North Clark Street Apartments will comprise 373 luxury apartments, including 78 studios and convertibles, 212 one-bedroom units, 76 two-bedroom units and 7 penthouse apartments. Unit sizes, except for the penthouses, will range from 563 square feet to 1,252 square feet. Penthouse units will range from 1,179 square feet to 3,250 square feet.
The units have been designed to offer a unique combination of clean aesthetics, urban functionality and sophisticated design elements. Apartments will feature floor-to-ceiling (9’) glass windows to capture exceptional views in all directions of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. Other unit features include chef-inspired kitchens, a full-sized washer and dryer, luxurious bathrooms, oversized walk-in closets and pre-wiring for high-speed internet and cable. Many units will have private balconies.
The luxury offerings of the apartment community will extend throughout the building’s amenity-laden common areas, including the rooftop, fourth-floor terrace and ground floor spaces.
• The rooftop level, with panoramic views of the city, will offer a hospitality-inspired sundeck featuring outdoor pool, private cabanas and outdoor fireplaces. The rooftop will also have an exclusive resident lounge with a cyber café, party room with a gaming center, and an exclusive high-end fitness center.
• An expansive green roof will be the signature of the fourth level which will also include a spacious private terrace with bocce ball courts, firepits and grilling stations.
• Features of the first floor will include an elegant lobby, the management office and leasing center, secured resident storage and a private dog run with a grooming station. The ground floor will also include a library, resident lounge, business center, and conference area for the use of the building’s residents. These spaces will be fully-equipped with high-speed wi-fi.
Stylistically, 833 North Clark Street Apartments is composed of two contrasting but notable Chicago architectural styles. The buff-colored solid massing, dotted with playful punched openings, is inspired by Chicago’s turn-of-the century architecture. It meets the street in a traditional manner, with granite cladding and repetitive storefront window bays. This style wraps the majority of the east, west, and south façades. In contrast, the north end of the building reveals an all-glass massing, inspired by Chicago’s Miesian tradition. This creates a dramatic vertical expression over the building entry. The striking presence of the glass wraps horizontally over the top of the building where it meets an outdoor amenity terrace, 300 feet above the street. The interior spaces will complement this aesthetic while weaving in a few surprises for the Chicago market.
“As a business entrenched in the Gold Coast neighborhood, we are excited about the transformation taking place at 833 N. Clark St.,” said Marsha Cruzan, market president for U.S. Bank in Chicago. “Ryan Companies and Lincoln Property Company have gone to great lengths to integrate the project into the neighborhood, architecturally and philosophically.”
According to Walsh, the target market for the 833 North Clark Street Apartments, well-educated young professionals, urban couples and empty nesters, will appreciate its offerings of understated elegance, exceptional customer service and lifestyle convenience.
“Ryan Companies and Lincoln Property have been involved in many projects throughout the Chicago metropolitan area,” said Second Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins. “Their projects create jobs and tax revenue. They listen to the community and make appropriate accommodations. This approach supports our shared goal—making sure projects work well for the neighborhood.”
833 North Clark Street Apartments is located in one of downtown Chicago’s most mature, vibrant and historically sought-after submarkets, the Gold Coast. This location is ideal for residents living, working and playing in or near the Gold Coast. The site is situated in close proximity to transportation including two CTA stations and other public transportation options important to those who work downtown. It offers easy access to Lake Shore Drive and the Kennedy Expressway for those traveling by car to suburban destinations.
The site is within walking distance of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile (North Michigan Avenue), the downtown CBD, the Northwestern and Loyola University graduate school campuses, and the Northwestern medical center. Located nearby are an abundance of restaurants, clubs, retail amenities, and cultural facilities. It is also within close proximity to the lakefront, from Oak Street Beach to Navy Pier.
Overall, Ryan Companies is serving or has served as developer, owner, designer and/or builder on myriad multi-family housing projects, including senior living. Over the last 10 years these projects account for more than 5,300 units which have been placed into service or are under construction. Ryan’s most recent high-profile residential projects include: 222 Hennepin in Minneapolis, a mixed-use development with 286-unit luxury apartments over retail space; Downtown East, 195 luxury apartments that are part of a significant mixed-use development that includes 1.2 million square feet of office space in downtown Minneapolis, adjacent to the new Minnesota Vikings stadium; and Vintage on Selby, a mixed-use retail and multi-family housing development with 210 upscale apartments in St. Paul, Minn.