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Van Buren Apartment Towers In West Loop Get Key Approval From City Panel

The developer plans to build 401 apartments in a 21-story tower at 1050 W. Van Buren and 24-story tower at 1125 W. Van Buren.

The Chicago-based firm mixed-use buildings along Van Buren were approved by the City Plan Commission Thursday.
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WEST LOOP — The city’s Plan Commission Thursday approved a developer’s plan to build a pair of residential towers on Van Buren just north of the Eisenhower Expy. 

The developer Tandem Partners plans to build 401 apartments and retail space in two towers at 1050 and 1125 W. Van Buren St. The Plan Commission unanimously approved the plan and it will now move to City Council for consideration.

Under plans, a 21-story, 250-foot-tall building at 1050 W. Van Buren St. will 201 apartments and 69 parking spaces.

And a 24-story, 265-foot-tall building at 1125 W. Van Buren St. will include 200 apartments, of which five will be affordable units, and seven car parking spaces. 

The developer will include 45 affordable units on site and will be required to pay $1.1 million into the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund. 

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The proposed building at 1050 W. Van Buren will offer a ground floor retail space with 201 residential units and 69 parking spaces.
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The proposed 24-story building along 1125 Van Buren, which falls within a transit-oriented development site, will offer a ground floor retail space and 200 resident units with seven parking spaces.

The proposed 1125 W. Van Buren building is within 410 feet of a CTA station, qualifying the project as a Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) project with a reduced parking requirement. 

Tandem Partners will pay $2.69 million in-lieu fees into the Affordable Housing Opportunity Fund, and an additional $1.63 million into the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund. 

Demolition of the 1050 W. Van Buren St. site is expected to begin in 2019. 

Construction on 1125 W. Van Buren is expected to be completed in the fall of 2021, and the 1050 W. Van Buren tower is expected to be completed in early 2023.

The project was first introduced in July.

Here’s What The Proposed Van Buren Apartment Towers In West Loop Could Look Like

During a community meeting to discuss the projects, some West Loop residents said they were concerned the tower would make the booming West Loop even more crowded.

May Toy, president of the Skinner West Park Advisory Council, said the proposed project does not sufficiently address congestion that would come with the influx of more residents.

“I think this area is getting too dense,” Toy said.

Developers committed to allowing for a temporary community garden at 1050 W. Van Buren for the 2019 growing season, however, Toy said a temporary garden would not offer the community a permanent benefit. 

Matt Letourneau, president of Neighbors of the West Loop, previously recommended turning Van Buren into a one-way street moving westward to address “safety concerns” at a nearby intersection.

Architectural firm Antunovich Associates designed the projects.

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