New Architect, New Look Expected for One Central

When the Chicago Department of Planning and Development announced a public meeting to go over the plans for One Central, it conspicuously didn’t use the 2019 rendering of the project in its announcement. Now we know why.

March 2019 rendering of One Central (via Landmark Development)
March 2019 rendering of One Central from Perkins+Will. (via Landmark Development)

The rendering was based on a the brainwaves of Perkins+Will. But word on the street is that Perkins+Will is no longer involved in this project. Insiders say that means what we see on January 25th is likely to be “quite different” from what we were expecting.

What changes is anyone’s guess. Unless you’re someone who works for Landmark Development. Or the Department of Planning and Development. Or certain alderpersons.

What we do know is that the new version of One Central plan will have 9,050 new homes, and 12.5 million square feet of office, hotel, retail, and other commercial space. Whether we still get ten skyscrapers and an intermodal transit hub won’t be known for another two-and-a-half weeks.

If you want to be first in line to know, register for the Zoom meeting about this. It will be held Monday, January 25th at 6pm.

Interestingly, the P+W rendering still exists on Landmark Development’s One Central web site.

Location: 1501 South Prairie Avenue, South Loop

Author: Editor

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