Construction Update
Height and Depth Mark Progress at 500 North Milwaukee

Crane and tower beginnings at 500 North Milwaukee, as seen from our West Loop bureau. Don't worry, we'll get you closer.

Crane and tower beginnings at 500 North Milwaukee, as seen from our West Loop bureau yesterday. Don’t worry, we’ll get you closer.

The two-building complex Akara Partners is developing at 500 North Milwaukee Avenue is well underway, though one might question what these two structures have in common if visiting the site for the first time.

We're digging the digging in the east lot.

We’re digging the digging in the east lot.

On our last drop-in, the four-story portion of the project, located on the east side of Green Street, had barely had its surface scratched. And when we stopped by this week, what used to be a dirt lot is now more of a dirt hole, having been excavated considerably over the last few weeks. In its place will the four-story, 48-unit piece of the Pappageorge Haymes-designed puzzle.

Meanwhile, progress over to the west of North Green Street is moving along, and up, quite nicely. This tower portion will eventually rise 14 stories and contain 179 units, while also providing 122 parking spaces for cars and 50 for bikes.

Both structures will combine for 14,000 square feet of retail space along the ground level, and 274,000 square feet over all. Expect this new corner gem to be complete some time in 2016.

Location: 500 North Milwaukee Avenue, Fulton River District

Author: Daniel Schell

Daniel Schell is a West Loop social media addict who lives for Cubs baseball, good pizza, and big cities. If you bump into him on the street, it's likely because he's taking photos instead of watching where he's going, and he apologizes.

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