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24-Story Residential Tower Planned For Vacant West Loop Lot Across From Bartelme Park

The lot housed a temporary community garden for West Loop residents this summer.

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WEST LOOP — A developer aims to convert a vacant lot into a 24-story residential tower in the West Loop, according to a recently filed zoning application with the city. 

Sangamonroe LLC wants to construct a 24-story building at 37. S. Sangamon St. across from Mary Bartelme Park. The construction would include 193 residential units and 156 parking spaces, according to the developer’s zoning application.

This past summer, the lot housed an innovative community garden organized by resident Moshe Tamssot. The garden used condensation runoff from a neighboring building’s air conditioning system to help water the plants.

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West Loop residents transformed a vacant lot at 37 S. Sangamon into a temporary community garden.

Tamssot, the founder of neighborhood-focused Facebook page True West Loop, previously told Block Club Chicago that he was diving into the project with complete awareness that the land will eventually be developed. In the interim, he aimed to seize the opportunity to use the space to build community among West Loop residents.

“The developer may change their mind tomorrow and decide to build,” Tamssot said at the time. “We understand that. What we are doing is building a permanent gardening community, but the garden itself will be transportable.”

RELATED: West Loop Community Garden Could Expand To Second Vacant Lot In 2019

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In 2013, developers Quest Realty Group purchased the property for $2.5 million with plans to build a 28-unit condo building, but the idea never came to fruition.

The site previously houses a two-story building that was home to an industrial safety products distributor. Since then, the site has been cordoned off by a a chain-link fence. 

In 2018, Sangamonroe purchased the lot, and developers allowed for a community garden to set up during the summer growing season. 

Armando Chacon, president of the West Central Association and the Mary Bartelme Park Advisory Council, said neither group has met with the developer on their plans for the property yet. 

Carla Agostinelli, executive director of West Loop Community Organization, said the neighborhood organization met with the developer in April and June 2017, and plans to meet with them again.

Matt Letourneau, president of Neighbors of the West Loop, said the organization has not received a presentation on the project to date. 

The developer is seeking a zoning change to allow for the building. 

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