Eight floors is a long way from 76, but it’s a lot closer than zero. Especially when you’re talking about building a skyscraper on the south end of Grant Park.
The skyscraper in question is One Grant Park, the 829-foot-tall residential tower designed by Rafael Viñoly for Crescent Heights. Last week the City of Chicago issued another construction permit for the project, allowing it to climb to the not-so-dizzying height of eight stories.
PARTIAL SUPERSTRUCTURE FROM LEVEL 4 TO UNDERSIDE OF LEVEL 8 FOR PROPOSED 76-STORY (80-LEVEL) RESIDENTIAL TOWER WITH 792 DWELLING UNITS, GROUND FLOOR RETAIL AND 12 LEVELS OF PARKING.
Considering the number of very tall buildings that get proposed and then mothballed in Chicago each year, getting to the eighth floor is worthy of a minor celebration. And when this building, plus the Vista Tower, plus Essex on the Park, plus 1000M are completed, there will be reason to break out the marching band.