Construction Update
New Blue Line TOD Building About to Start in the Fulton River District

Construction is about to ramp up on a new residential building at 710 West Grand Avenue — just steps from the CTA’s Blue Line Grand and Milwaukee subway station.

It’s the latest in a series of mid-scale residential buildings popping up like mushrooms around CTA tree stumps across the city, thanks to new Transit Oriented Development ordinances.

Rendering of 710 West Grand

Rendering of 710 West Grand

This one, designed by Brininstool+Lynch for Wicker Park Apartments, will have 105 residences and rise nine floors. It’s situated just east of the intersection of Grand, Milwaukee, and Halsted, against the Metra tracks. Because of the train tracks, and the fact that it won’t knock down the building at 700 West Grand, from above it has roughly the same shape as an X-acto knife blade. If you can’t remember what that looks like, inquire with your model-making department.

The city issued the necessary construction permits this past Friday, so expect activity any day now.

Until then, here’s a firehose to put in your orange plastic jack-o-lantern bucket:

  • Address: 710 West Grand Avenue
  • Developer: Wicker Park Apartments
  • Architecture firm: Brininstool+Lynch
  • Architect: David Brininstool
  • General Contractor: Arco/Murray National Construction
  • Net site are: 23,854 square feet
  • Floor area ratio: 4.25
  • Maximum height: 104 feet, 10 inches
  • Maximum width: 157 feet
  • Maximum length: 279 feet
  • Floors: 9
  • Residences: 105
  • Parking spaces: 45
  • Bicycle parking: 108 spaces
  • Loading docks: 1
  • Affordable Housing Opportunity Fund payment: $1,100,000
  • Green roof alert: 11,822 square feet
Rendering of 710 West Grand

Rendering of 710 West Grand

Location: 710 West Grand Avenue, Fulton River District

Author: Editor

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