The new Near West Side condo block going up at 900 West Washington is rapidly approaching completion. 900 West is expected to have its first new residents move in by the end of the summer.
The 10-story building designed by Northworks Architects and Planners for TARIS Real Estate replaced a one-story office building that was actually not bad looking. It had lots of glass and interesting angles, and was surprisingly modern looking for an area that was mostly brick warehouses and abattoirs when we started publishing.
But that was then — back when there was only one option for a cup of coffee west of Greektown. Today, there are coffee joints coming out of the neighborhood’s wazoo, along with corporate headquarters, hotels, and more swishy restaurants than you can shake a free-range, sustainably-sourced, high-altitude antigriddle at.
A pair of updated renderings of 900 West Washington appeared in out inbox today, and remarkably, the design hasn’t changed all that much since 2015.
In its current context, 900 West fits right in. It’s dark in color to go with all the other nearby buildings that are dark in color to match all the nearby buildings that used to be dark in color before they were torn down to make way for the new darkly colored buildings.
The 22 residences feature huge, industrial-styled windows paying homage to the area’s warehouse past, and a pair of two-story penthouses with huge outdoor corner-wrapping terraces.
Comically, when we first started covering this building back in 2015, local residents were incensed by the notion of ten whole stories of building being plopped on their collective doorstep. Hopefully they won’t notice the 30-something, 40-something, and 50-something buildings going up a few blocks away.