The newly revised development at 1101 W. Van Buren has been issued its caisson and tower crane permits. Sitting at the south end of S. Aberdeen St before the Eisenhower Expressway, the project is planned by Pizzuti Development. After being approved all the way back in 2015, the site has sat empty and the Planned Development designation almost expired until they received an extension from the Department of Planning and Development.
With Goettsch Partners on board for the revised design, the new tower will rise 21 floors, down from 26 stories. While the height has been reduced from 274 feet down to 226 feet, the 298 apartments will be retained. The project will also reduce the previously approved 140 car parking spaces down to 82 parking spaces.
With STL Architects previously in charge of the design, their plan called for a large rectangular volume that was adorned with modules of windows in different sizes. A large “frame” element was introduced at the amenity level as a feature piece of the design. The new design switches out the metal, gridded facade for one that is clad in glass and steel. Stretching out horizontally, the volume is broken up with a series of insets that stagger up the facade.
At the ground floor, the glass has been recessed to reveal brick-clad columns across the entire W. Van Buren St frontage. Residents will enter the building through the residential entry located at the middle of the building’s street frontage. Retail space will occupy the northeast corner, with coworking, a game room, and bike parking on the west end of the ground floor. Parking access will be from a private driveway on the eastern side of the property.
With the project’s zoning deadline looming, the developers have received permits just in time to begin construction. Power Construction has been listed as the general contractor for the now imminent construction.