At Atrium Village, Here Come the Cranes Again

Atrium Village redevelopment rendering courtesy of Onni Group

Atrium Village redevelopment rendering courtesy of Onni Group

The transformation of Atrium Village is about to get a helping hand.  A giant, 100-foot-tall, diesel-powered hand.

A permit has been issued for a new tower crane to be erected at 1140 North Wells Street, the place where a bucolic low-scale throwback residential settlement is bring turned into downtown’s next vibrant mixed-use high rise community.

The crane’s first task is to help build a 31-story residential skyscraper at the northeast corner of Division and Wells Streets.  The building will have 400 homes atop a parking and retail podium.  But it’s just the first of four new towers that Vancouver’s Onni Group is putting up, along with a new school and a gaggle of townhouses.

Renderings of the project show a new CTA Brown/Purple Line L station at Division Street, but there’s nothing official about that in the plans filed with the city.

Location: 1140 North Wells Street, Near North

Author: Editor

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