The sun cooperated. The wind, not so much. But the cold breeze wasn’t stopping Ascend Real Estate Group from breaking ground on Niche 905, the new FitzGerald Associates-designed 18-story luxury rental tower they’re erecting in a joint effort with Boston’s Intercontinental Real Estate Corp.
Bill Wolk, president of Ascend, opened the festivities by thanking everyone involved in the 2-year process of getting Niche 905 from concept to dirt throwing. But it was what he did next that turned this windy assembly into a truly special event: he handed a check for $50,000 over to Bishop James C. Austin Sr. of the St. Luke Church of God in Christ, which is located directly across the street at 914 North Orleans, for the church’s building fund. (It is on St. Luke’s former parking lot that Niche 905 will be built.)
Bishop Austin graciously accepted the check on behalf of his church, which has been serving the neighborhood for 73 years. He thanked Mr. Wolk, and Ascend, while advising all in attendance he has been praying, and will continue to pray, for the project, and especially those working on the site, that they’ll remain safe. With construction accidents making news often in Chicago lately, it was an especially touching moment.
Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. (27th ward) was next to speak, praising the development teams for including not only St. Luke, but the entire neighborhood, in their plans, and he too was especially thankful for the generous donation to what he acknowledges to be a very important congregation in his ward.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is the right way to kick off a building. So let’s get you to the firehose portion of what to expect from Niche 905, which is expected to be completed in Summer 2017:
- 18 stories
- 202 rental units
- 152 parking spaces, on floors 2-4
- 110 bike-storage spaces
- FitzGerald Associates Architects – design architect
- Ascend Real Estate Group – developer
- Intercontinental Real Estate Corp. – developer
- Power Construction – general contractor
- 1,750 square feet of ground-level retail space
- 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom units
- Sky deck pool and spa
- On-site dog run and pet-washing station
- Fitness center
- Business center
- Outdoor bar
- Coffee bar
- LEED certification