WEST LOOP — More cranes appear headed to the city’s hottest neighborhood as plans for a new hotel and an 11-story apartment building along Randolph Street got the green light from a key city committee Tuesday.
The Committee on Zoning approved plans for a 16-story hotel Standard Hotel at 1234 W. Randolph Street in West Loop. The 259-room hotel, sandwiched between Alhambra Palace and City Winery, will have no parking and instead rely on valet service for guests.
The committee also approved an 11-story, 242-unit apartment building across from nearby Union Park at 1440 W. Randolph Street.
The Standard Hotel, designed by NORR Architects, will stand 197 feet high and feature a ground-floor restaurant, an outdoor plaza, a third-floor terrace and a rooftop pool and bar.
At a community meeting earlier this year, neighbors said the large hotel would make traffic worse in the increasingly congested West Loop.
On Tuesday, Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th) said neighbors raised concerns about traffic but the developer worked with the Chicago Department of Transportation to “come up with a resolution.”
As part of the plan, Burnett said CDOT will allow a staging area for buses and Uber along Racine, instead of Randolph.
The proposed apartment building at 1440 W. Randolph Street also got some pushback from neighbors in the run-up to its approval by the zoning committee Tuesday.
Developer Marquette Companies plans to rehab an existing five-story office building and raze a two-story building to make way for the Brinninstol Lynch Architecture-designed apartment building.
The project will include 25 affordable units on-site and another 24 located off-site to fulfill obligations under the city’s Affordable Requirements Ordinance. The building also includes 87 parking spaces.
During a community, Burnett said he would not support the project. He said an apartment building would generate complaints from its residents during the summer festival season.
The project received Burnett’s support following changes made by the developer, and after the proposal gained approval from the Union Park Advisory board.
The proposals will head to City Council for final approval.
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