What’s up with all the parking lot news lately?
Two weeks ago we told you that demolition is underway in the parking lot across the street from Holy Name Cathedral to make way for One Chicago Square. Then last week we told you that the parking lot at 450 North LaSalle is destined to become an office building. Then two days ago we wrote about two parking lots in River North that will soon be pining for the fjords.
Now another parking lot is off the table. This one in the South Loop.
It was nine months ago that McHugh Construction asked the City of Chicago for permission to not build a data center at 2222 South Indiana Avenue. McHugh used that lot for construction staging when it built a new hotel building at 123 East Cermak Road. In a July 18, 2018 letter to the city, McHugh said it couldn’t find a company that wanted to keep its data there, so it asked for permission to turn the space into a 127-space parking lot.
Today we’re happy to tell you that the South Loop has dodged a bullet. McHugh has found someone who wants to base their data there, so McHugh is interested in serving up servers once again.
There will be no change in the previously approved plans for the data center, so there won’t be any zoning rigamarole. And while a data center isn’t the most neighborhood-friendly use for a piece of downtown land, it’s certainly better than 127 parking spaces.