The way to build a neighborhood and keep it thriving is to make sure it is truly a mixed use proposition. The Greater Cabrini Metropolitan Area has seen a huge surge of development over the last half decade, but nearly all of it has been residential and retail. That’s not mixed-use. That’s called suburbia. And nobody wants a bedroom community in the middle of the city.
Fortunately, a new office building is coming to the area to help balance things out and make it more mixed-use. It’s just across the official Cabrini line at 863 North Orleans Street.
The proposal calls for a six-story building hard against the CTA Brown/Purple Line tracks, with very limited parking because it is just two blocks from the Chicago Avenue L station, and all the buses that go with it.
While six stories isn’t going to even out the office imbalance in this part of the city, it’s a good start, and the Piekarz Associates-designed building is pretty handsome. And being able to walk from work to home is the essence of a walkable neighborhood.
- Architecture firm: Piekarz Associates
- Maximum height: 85 feet
- Roof height: 76 feet
- Length: 143 feet
- Width: 100 feet
- Floor space: 65,000 square feet
- Floor area ratio: 5.0
- Parking spaces: 32
- Bicycle parking spaces: Four. Not five. Not three. Four.
- Garage access: Off West Chestnut Street
- Loading docks: One
- Loading dock access: Off West Chestnut Street
- Lobby access: Off North Orleans Street
- Below grade parking
- Green roof alert!