River North Building Rehab Heads Toward Expansion Phase

Rendering of 676 North LaSalle

Rendering of 676 North LaSalle

It’s been a little over a year since prolific north side Chicago developer Cedar Street slapped down a cool $12 million for the mediocre office building at 676 North LaSalle with an eye towards eviscerating it and turning it into apartments. Now plans are advancing for the hard part of the project — expanding the building upward two stories, and eastward into the neighboring surface parking lot.

Paperwork filed with the city show that when complete, the now eight-story building will be 107 feet tall with 149 residences and just 20 mostly underground parking spaces. Cedar notes that the building is 880 feet from the CTA Brown Line’s Chicago Avenue station, so it’s applying for a reduction in the number of parking spaces required.

The two-story addition onto the existing building creates six duplex units, each with its own outdoor terrace. On the 8th floor of the new addition is common space including a gym, indoor lounge, and a roof deck.

Although the developer isn’t asking for a major change in zoning for the project (DX-7 to DX-7 Type I) it has to be approved by the city’s Plan Commission because there are so few parking spaces.

  • Address: 676 North LaSalle Street
  • Address: 670 North LaSalle Street
  • Developer: LaSalle 676 LLC
  • Architecture firm: Booth Hansen
  • For realsies: Cedar Street
  • Residences: 149
  • Maximum height: 109 feet, 8 inches
  • Roof height: 101 feet, 2 inches
  • Maximum length: 184 feet
  • Maximum width: 100 feet
  • Current zoning: DX-7
  • Floor Area Ratio: 7.0
  • Parking spaces: 20
  • Parking access: via mid-block east-west alley
  • Bicycle parking: 68 spaces
  • Loading docks: 1
  • Ground floor retail: You betcha

Location: 676 North LaSalle Street, River North

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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