River North continues to bubble with development, as builders set their sights on a surface parking lot at 300 West Huron Street. 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly has announced that JFJ Development Company wants to turn the asphalt patch into a 24-story residential building.
The building’s modest 24-story height is accompanied by an equally modest number of residences: Just 71. These will be atop a 71-space parking garage that can hold 128 cars. How does that happen? Parking elevators, baby.
Also on offer is 16,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space.
It should be about the same height as the Flair Tower, nearby at 222 East Erie Street. That building is just two stories taller, so you get an idea of the size of the new proposal.
The location is hard against the CTA Brown/Purple line tracks, and a half-block from the Chicago Avenue station, so it’ll be more construction entertainment for commuters. It’s currently zoned DX-5, so it’s possible that the building might be able go up without having to go through the city’s messy Plan Development process.
Still, neighbors will get a chance to scrutinize the project. Mr. Reilly has called a public meeting for Monday night, November 30 at the Godfrey Hotel for people to learn more.