Cabrini Area Getting Some “Mixed” Use

Rendering of 863 North orleans by Piekarz Associates

Rendering of 863 North Orleans by Piekarz Associates

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.

Rendering of 863 North orleans by Piekarz Associates

Rendering of 863 North Orleans by Piekarz Associates

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.

Firehose time.

  • 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!
Rendering of 863 North orleans by Piekarz Associates

Rendering of 863 North Orleans by Piekarz Associates

Location: 863 North Orleans Street, Near North

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