The construction just never seems to stop in the West Loop, where 165 North Des Plaines is about to become the latest residential block to rise between the Chicago River and the Kennedy Expressway.
We documented GREC’s 165 quite extensively both before and after it was announced this past spring. Up to this point, the work has been focused on 156 North Jefferson, which was an elderly office building until recently. Then it was gutted, and had its west wing amputated to make way for the new 165 mid-rise. At the same time, 156 is going to be completely rehabilitated into new homes.
So, what should we expect on the Des Plaines side of the block? Well, the permit issued on Friday is pretty specific:
DIR DEV SERVICES-NEW CONSTRUCTION OF A 14 STORY RESIDENTIAL BUILDING WITH (155-DWELLING UNITS & 44-EFFICIENCY UNITS) TO INCLUDE 1ST FLOOR RETAIL PARKING (98-PARKING SPACES) WITH AN EXISTING 3-STORY OFFICE BUILDING TO REMAIN ON SITE AND ASSOCIATED SITE WORK AS PER PLANS. (STRUCTURAL PEER REVIEW)
One of the more interesting parts of this Gerding Edlin project is how it will treat the city’s Haymarket Monument. Instead of sitting on the curb like a pile of scrap waiting for Waste Management, the monument will be given a place of honor in front of the new building.
Editor’s Note: We’re still deciding on our official spelling of Des Plaines Street. Various branches of city government use Des Plaines, Desplaines, and DesPlaines. If you have a preference, let us know below. Bonus points for explaining why.