A quick glance at the calendar reveals that today is Tuesday. Which ends with the letter “y.” Which means it must be time for another industrial renovation project to get underway in Chicago’s former meatpacking district.
Today’s permit is for the deliciously ornate Fulton Central Market Building at 936 West Fulton Market.
EXISTING 2 STORY MEAT PACKING BUILDING WITH BASEMENT STEEL & MASONRY STRUCTURE. DEMOLISH ALL INTERIORS FOR NEW RETAIL, ALTERATIONS TO INTERIOR/EXTERIOR INCLUDING STRUCTURAL & M.E.P., NEW ADDITION OF A SMALL ELEVATOR OVERRUN NOT TO BE VISIBLE FROM SANGAMON ST. OR FULTON MARKET ST. RETAIL & OFFICE USE PER PLANS. **CERTIFIED PLANS CORRECTIONS: CONDITIONAL PERMIT SUBJECT TO FIELD INSPECTIONS **
The F.C.M. Building is just one block from the Midwest Googleplex at 1K Fulton; and since the new majority of people who work in the immediate vicinity are more likely to purchase black turtlenecks and $35 re-releases of 80’s vinyl than sides of beef, it makes sense to redevelop this property.
Construction will be done by local retail construction frequent flyer LG. The conductor of the construction orchestra is Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, which is kind of a shame. Not that we have anything against HPA. It’s just that FitzGerald Associates‘ headquarters is, quite literally, across the street from this project. They could throw a T-square through one of the windows if they wanted to. Not that they would. Probably.