Two weeks ago we told you about a proposal to fill the surface parking lot across the street from Holy Name Cathedral with a shiny new dual-skyscraper project. Now we know a little more about it.
About a dozen dozen people turned out for a public meeting about the $700 million complex, which is being called One Chicago Square (1 West Chicago Avenue). The people in attendance at the event hosted by 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins seemed interested, and the level of hostility was significantly lower than in meetings past. Yes, there were concerns about the podium and the height and traffic, but this wasn’t the NIMBY crowd of yesteryear.
As we noted in our earlier article on this building, it will be two asymmetrical towers, designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architects and Goettsch Partners for JDL Development. The taller of the two mirroring Holy Name Cathedral’s belltower. The larger of the two, at 76 stories, will be on the southeast corner of the block, trying to protect views from 1 Superior. The smaller of the two, at 45 stories, will be on the northwest corner, with a nine-story retail podium connecting them.
Parking will be both in the podium, and underground. The podium parking will be surrounded by residences so the general populace won’t have to stare at rows of bumpers. Of the 900 parking spaces, more than 200 will be set aside for Holy Name Parish to replace the spaces lost from the surface lot.
The Chicago Tribune notes that with all its setbacks, it looks something like a glass version of 30 Rock in New York. That’s a good thing. The Trib also notes that the top of the building is still a work in progress. Plans filed with the city show the top of the building reaching 1,011 feet. But diagrams shown to the public at tonight’s meeting have it at 962 feet.