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Here’s What The 33-Story Apartment Building Planned For Old Cassidy Tire Warehouse Could Look Like

Ald. Brendan Reilly said the development isn't a done deal. "The aesthetic is important to me, but if the site can’t function properly in the neighborhood, it's a failure," he said.

A renderings shows what a 33-story apartment building planned for 344 N. Canal St. would look like.
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FULTON RIVER DISTRICT — Developers unveiled plans for a 33-story apartment building near the Chicago River, sparking some Fulton River District neighbors to worry about the traffic the development could add to the area.

The Habitat Company and Chicago-based architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz aim to build a 375-foot, 33-story building with 343 apartments at 344 N. Canal St. At a meeting Monday night at East Bank Club, Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) said the project was not a done deal and residents still had a chance to weigh in on how it could be improved.

“The purpose of this meeting is to get my marching orders from all of you on what to try and solve for …This still needs more work, we are quietly taking notes and writing down your concern,” he said.

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A renderings shows what a 33-story apartment building planned for 344 N. Canal St. would look like.

The apartments would be a mix of studios, junior one-bedroom, two-bedroom and “two-bedroom plus ” units ranging from 500 square feet to 1,700 square feet. A company representative said they will meet the 10 percent affordable housing requirement but are still determining how many units will be built on-site.

The building would include 124 parking spaces across three floors, a fifth-floor amenity space for residents, a small commercial retail space and a 1,800-square-foot dog run in the viaduct under the Metra tracks.

Credit: Mauricio Peña/ Block Club Chicago
A renderings shows what a 33-story apartment building planned for 344 N. Canal St. would look like.

RELATED: Developer Aims To Build 33-Story Apartment Building At Old Tire Warehouse Site In Fulton River District

Credit: Mauricio Peña/ Block Club Chicago
A renderings shows what a 33-story apartment building planned for 344 N. Canal St. would look like.
Credit: Mauricio Peña/ Block Club Chicago
The developer aims to building a dog park underneath the Metra tracks as part of the 344 N. Canal St. development.

The development would replace the five-story Cassidy Tire warehouse.  

Ward Miller, president of Preservation Chicago, asked developers to incorporate the facade of the existing Henry J. Schlacks-designed building into the new building. It was constructed in 1902 and formerly housed the Tyler & Hippach glass company.

Credit: Ald. Brendan Reilly newsletter; Google Map
A developer looks to build a 33-story apartment building at the Cassidy Tire warehouse at 344 N. Canal St. in the Fulton River District.

Reilly told neighbors he spent a lot of time before the meeting working with city staff and the developers to address deficiencies in the initial proposal.

Under plans, loading and unloading would happen from Clinton Street. Drops offs are planned for a porte-cochere for traffic heading southbound on Canal Street. Traffic heading north on Canal will be prevented from making left-hand turns into the property by bollards, developers assured residents.

“For me, the most important piece of their proposal is getting the traffic and loading right,” Reilly said. “Of course, the aesthetic is important to me, but if the site can’t function properly in the neighborhood, it’s a failure.”

Credit: Mauricio Peña/ Block Club Chicago
A developer aims to build a 33-story building at 344 N. Canal St. with 343 apartments.
Credit: Mauricio Peña/ Block Club Chicago
Fulton River District neighbors listen to the presentation at East Bank Club Monday night.

During the meeting, some residents raised concerns about traffic the development could add to the area in the form of ride shares, taxis and food-delivery services.

Residents asked for Reilly to study traffic control options at two at Kinzie and Clinton streets and Kinzie and Canal streets.

Another resident said the convergence of multiple modes of transportation on Canal Street was “dangerous.”

“The Metra, cars, bicycles, people occupying the same space right now, is an inevitable accident very soon,” the resident said. “I think adding more people, more Uber, more delivery to this — even with  the best-intentioned ways of routing the traffic — is pushing an already constrained traffic line.”

Other residents suggested making Clinton and Canal streets one-way streets to remedy traffic problems.

The developer is seeking a zoning change. If approved, developers would pay $3.1 million into the city’s Neighborhood Opportunity Fund in exchange for added density.

If all goes well, construction on the building could begin in fall 2020.

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