What We Know About Tribune’s 700 at the River

It was in January of 2016 when we were the first to let the cat out of the bag on the new development at 700 West Chicago Avenue in Chicago’s Goose Island neighborhood.  755 words called What Downtown Chicago’s Next Master Planned Community Might Look Like, complete with renderings showing the future of the property, a history of how Trib ended up with such a nice piece of land on its hands, and an exploration of the zoning issues involved with what is still a mixed bag of PMD-5 and M3-3.

While some readers happily lapped from the milk dish of wisdom, others were unhappy that we loosed the moggie from its sack.  Seriously unhappy.  Like voicemail and phone calls unhappy.

Rendering of 700 on the River (Goettsch Partners)

Rendering of 700 on the River (Goettsch Partners)

So it was with no small interest that we read the Chicago Tribune’s article last week officially announcing a new development on that property called 700 at the River.

Obviously, 21 months later, the plan has been significantly refined, though the central strategy of  three office buildings and one residential tower that we reported back then has not.

In the lists below is what we currently know about 700, as filed in paperwork with the city.  But even that  is not set in concrete and rebar.  The city is giving the developers some flexibility with Building Two to allow them to adapt to changing market conditions.  Which means that the central tower could end up with as many as 620 residences, or 310 residences plus 620 hotel rooms.

Overall Project

  • Address: 640 West Chicago Avenue
  • Address: 801 North Halsted Street
  • Developer: Riverside/700 West Investors
  • For realsies: Riverside Investment & Development and Tribune Media Company
  • Architecture firm: Goettsch Partners
  • Zoning: M3-3 & DS-5 → DX-5 → Waterway Planned Residential Development
  • Net site area: 309,277 square feet (a little over seven acres)
  • Floor area ratio: 5.0
  • Automobile parking: 540 spaces
  • Bicycle parking: 50 spaces
  • Loading docks: six
  • Riverfront park: 4.5 acres
  • Riverwalk:
    • Minimum 30 feet wide
    • Public
    • Open during Park District hours
    • Must be complete within one year of the first building opening

Building One (East Tower)

  • Net site area: 159,162 square feet
  • Floor area ratio: 2.85
  • Building size: 453,487 square feet
  • Planned height: 220 feet
  • Floors: 12
  • Zoned for a boat dock (hello, water taxi!)

Building Two (Central Tower)

  • Net site area: 29,033 square feet
  • Floor area ratio: 10.65
  • Building size: 309,277 square feet
  • Planned height: 340 feet
  • Planned floors: 26
  • Maximum height: 610 feet
  • Residences: 310
  • Zoned for a large entertainment venue
  • Zoned for a boat dock (hello, water taxi!)

Building Three (Southwest Tower)

  • Net site area: 52,044 square feet
  • Floor area ratio: 8.42
  • Planned height: 320 feet
  • Planned floors: 19
  • Building size: 438,421 square feet

Building Four (Northwest Tower)

  • Net site area: 69,038 square feet
  • Floor area ratio: 5.0
  • Planned height: 260 feet
  • Floors: 15
  • Building size: 345,200 square feet
  • Zoned for a boat dock (hello, water taxi!)

Location: 700 West Chicago Avenue, Goose Island

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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