One of the long-term urban development goals for Chicago is to line its motorized arteries with tall and tallish buildings in order to isolate the highways from the neighborhoods they serve. The buildings deflect noise, exhaust, and the general unpleasantness that our 70-year-long obsession with the automobile has brought to our front doorsteps.
Another one of the gaps along a downtown highway is about to be filled in. There’s a proposal for a new high rise at 411 South Peoria Street. That’s currently a surface parking lot adjacent to both I-290 and the pedestrian bridge that links Greektown with the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The location is a transit dream. The CTA Blue Line’s UIC-Halsted Station is just feet away. The #126 bus runs right outside your door. The #8 bus is at the end of the block. The #7, #20, #60, #125, #156 and #157 are a few blocks away. Union station is just beyond.
However, the developers of the property aren’t taking advantage of the city’s newly improved Transit Oriented Development rules and turning valuable car space into people space. The project includes 110 parking spaces for just 90 apartments. It’s the salmon among recent Chicago development proposals, swimming upstream.
The project is also going to help turn the dead-end of Peoria Street into a nicer cul-de-sac, with a good amount of what appears to be brick paving, a parkway, and a few trees in front of the building where currently there is just asphalt and concrete. There will also be room for a small retail store.
Nothing better on a hot summer day than a firehose:
- Address: 411 South Peoria Street
- Developer: Peoria Parking Partners LLC
- Architecture firm: Brininstool and Lynch
- Net site area: 11,857 square feet
- Floor Area Ratio: 8.0 (7.0 base + 1.0 bonus)
- Current zoning: DS-3 Downtown Service District
- Requested zoning: Residential Planned Development
- Maximum height: 149½ feet
- Height to roof: 141½ feet
- Length: 118½ feet
- Width: 100 feet
- Floors: 14
- Residences: 90
- Parking: 110 spaces
- Parking access via South Peoria Street
- Bicycle parking: 90 (minimum)
- Loading docks: One
- Loading dock access: via north-south alley to the east of building
- Affordable housing units: 9
- Required units: 2
- Retail space: 1,448 square feet
- Green roof alert! 15,578 square feet