A huge development in the heart of the Near West Side has been approved by the Chicago Plan Commission.
Nearly all recent ground-up projects in the neighborhood have been less than a half or even a quarter block in size. So you can imagine the notoriously anti-development people in the area lost their minds when this project, called Union West, came down the pike.
But the character and demographics of the area are changing, so Union West only had to undergo modest changes from its first introduction to approval yesterday afternoon. What started as 442 apartments became 405 apartments, and was greenlit with 358 apartment divided between a pair of 15-story towers with ground floor retail space. They each clock in a 196 feet tall. The larger-capacity plans were 17-stories.
The bKL-designed project is a mere two blocks from the CTA’s Morgan Green and Pink line L station, and right on Madison Street, one of the city’s busiest east-west bus corridors. Still, it has 250 on-site parking spaces.