Department of Buildings Deals an Ace

311 North Morgan Street, Ace Hotel

Stacked shipping containers form an unusual support for the old facade.

WORK_DESCRIPTION

New construction of a seven (7) story 159 room hotel with underground parking (30 Spaces), 1st floor retail and associated site work as per plans. Green roof is 10,700 SF

And with those words, construction can begin on the new Ace Hotel at 311 North Morgan Street in West Town. However, construction will have to wait just a bit longer, as Heneghan demolition crews wrap up work to clear the site.

The photo you see above may look like Chicago’s attempt to build a new Container Park, but is actually a rather clever way to shore up the original facade until it can be supported by the new structure. Once again, we’ll let the wording in the permit explain it for you:

WRECK AND REMOVE A 1 AND 2 STORY MASONRY INDUSTRIAL BUILDING DOWN TO THE FLOOR SLAB WITH 2-STORY HISTORIC MORGAN FACADE TO REMAIN AS PER PLANS.

From our story way back in February, here are the particulars about the new Ace Hotel Chicago

  • Address: 311 North Morgan Street
  • Neighborhood: West Town
  • Developer: 311 North Morgan, LLC
  • Developer: 345 North Morgan, LLC
  • For realsies: Sterling Bay Companies
  • Architecture firm: GREC Architects
  • General Contractor: Power Construction
  • Maximum height: 85 feet
  • Floors: 8, including mechanical penthouse
  • Property size: 33,403 square feet
  • Floor area ratio: 5.0
  • Project size: 167,015 square feet
  • Parking spaces: 30
  • Length: 262 feet
  • Depth: 139 feet
  • Bicycle parking spaces: 10
  • Loading docks: 2
  • Green roof alert! 11,518 square feet
311 North Morgan Street, Ace Hotel

Looks like Heneghan has the site just about ready for construction crews.

Location: 311 North Morgan Street, West Town

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