WEST LOOP — A developer who wanted to double the size of a condo building planned for the West Loop is revising his plan again — and this time, it’s shorter.
In December 2018, Sulo Development officials said they wanted to build an 18-story, 240-foot luxury condo building at 19 N. May St., doubling the building’s height after it had been approved at 9 stories. But during a virtual meeting Wednesday night, the developer revealed he now wants to build a 15-story building at the site near McDonald’s corporate headquarters.
The 186-foot tall building would bring 58 new units to the area and would include two-, three-, and four-bedroom condos and penthouses. An amenity floor with a kitchen and lounge area, business center, fitness area, outdoor area, dog walk and storage are also part of the plan, said Dominic Sulo, principal at Sulo Development.
About 82 parking spaces would be accessible through a 22-foot wide alley from May and Aberdeen streets.
To meet the city’s affordable housing requirements, the developer has committed to building nine affordable units off-site, zoning attorney Katie Jahnke Dale said.
The property is part of a planned development approved in 2017 as a pair of then-nine-story condo buildings planned for 19-27 N. May St. and 1115 W. Washington Blvd. The North May tower was originally planned to mirror the 1115 W. Washington Blvd. building at 109 feet, called the Hayden West Loop.
The buildings would be replacing office spaces once part of Oprah’s Harpo Studio production campus, DNAinfo previously reported.
In December 2018, the developer changed his plan, submitting an application to build an 18-story, 240-foot building at May Street site with 78 units. But the project and January 2019 community meeting was put on hold after a bombshell Sun-Times report revealed that then-Ald. Danny Solis (25th) wore a wire for two year as part of a federal investigation into Ald. Ed Burke (14th).
Solis didn’t run for reelection, and new Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th) was elected in his place.
After meeting with Sigcho-Lopez, his new zoning advisory board and West Loop community groups, Sulo Development officials revised their plan.
Sulo said the condos will help create more permanent homes for growing families in the West Loop.
Some residents lauded the building’s design, while others said they worried the condo building will bring more congestion to the neighborhood.
West Loop resident Moshe Tamssot, founder of Facebook group True West Loop, questioned Sigcho-Lopez’s new advisory board, saying there is a lack of transparency around vetting West Loop developments.
Sigcho-Lopez said the 12 member advisory board includes residents from across the diverse 25th Ward. The alderman said he will meet with the 25th Ward zoning advisory board before making a decision on the project.
If approved, developers would pre-sell condos for six to eight months before starting construction, which could take 15 to 18 months, Sulo said.
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