Three-Building River North Project Hits City Hall

A proposal to redevelop a River North office building while simultaneously deep-sixing two adjacent surface parking lots has made its way to City Hall on paper.

The location of 308 West Erie (Base map via Apple Maps)
The location of 308 West Erie (Base map via Apple Maps)

In the diagram above, you can see the parking lots along North Franklin Street that are going away are outlined in red.  The building that will be preserved, 308 West Erie, is outlined in green.  

The parking lot to the north at 600 North Franklin is going to be replaced with a 16-story building.  Retail on the bottom, and offices on top.  The parking lot on the south at 301 West Huron is going to become a seven-story building with retail on the bottom and offices up top.

April 2019 rendering of 308 West Erie, 600 North Franklin, and 301 West Huron.
April 2019 rendering of 308 West Erie, 600 North Franklin, and 301 West Huron.

Continuing a recent trend, both office buildings will have outdoor terraces.  The days of the sealing office workers in a box to keep them fresh are coming to an end.  It doesn’t work for raspberries from the Daley Plaza farmer’s market, and it doesn’t work for people, either.

  • Address: 301 West Huron Street
  • Address: 308 West Erie Street
  • Developer: NWC 308 W Erie LLC
  • Architecture firm: NORR
  • Size: 30,209 square feet
  • Zoning: DX-5 → BPD
  • Floor area ratio: 8.1 (5.0 base plus 3.1 bonus)
  • Floors: 301 West Huron – 16
  • Floors: 600 North Franklin: 7
  • Maximum height: 301 West Huron – 226 ½ feet
  • Maximum height: 600 North Franklin – 104 feet, four inches
  • Roof height: 301 West Huron – 210 feet
  • Roof height: 600 North Franklin – 90 feet, three inches
  • Automobile parking: 137 spaces
  • Parking access: via east-west alley
  • Office access: via West Huron Street
  • Retail access: via West Huron Street, North Franklin Street, and West Erie Street.
  • Loading docks: 2
  • Loading dock access: via east-west alley

Location: 308 West Erie Street, River North

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