There’s a giant crane in the sky at 347 West Chestnut Street, and it’s trying to tell us something. Specifically, that work has been ongoing since we last visited the intersection of Chestnut and Orleans. That was back in June, when Fifield Companies held groundbreaking ceremonies for its latest Cabrini-Green neighborhood development, Next.
Once the gold shovels had turned dirt and attendees had downed ahi tacos faster than BIG & little’s could carry them, McHugh Construction got down to brass tacks to bring the soon-to-be 28-story tower to fruition.
But that towering yellow beacon also serves as a sign of other things to come. For just across the street, Marwen, the non-profit art school at 833 North Orleans Street, is doing some building of their own, expanding their facility to accommodate 30% more students. What looks like a stripped-bare parking lot now will soon be transformed into parking area to accompany Marwen’s new studios, student and family lounge, and technology suite.
Travel north on a block and a half, and you’ll find another parking lot, this one at 905 North Orleans Street, where just a few days ago we let you in on more developing news. Namely, 905 Orleans, an 18-story apartment building designed by FitzGerald Associates that Ascend Real Estate Group applied for, and received, permission from the city to build.
Alas, all this activity comes with a cost. Because what all three of these properties have in common is a view of the demise of Saint Dominic’s Church, long a symbol of the Cabrini-Green neighborhood, which at the time of this writing has been reduced to the stubs of its two bell towers along North Sedgwick Street, and a portion of wall to their south. By the time you read these words, there may be nothing left of her but the rubble being hauled away.