WEST LOOP — A developer that sought to build a hotel and apartment tower in the West Loop is changing course.
DCA Developments is pitching a 19-story, 213-foot building at 1217 W. Washington Blvd.
DCA scrapped its initial idea for a hotel after residents said that business wouldn’t make sense for the location, Michael Ezgur, a zoning attorney for the project, said at a Monday community meeting.
The new proposal would have 288 apartments, 5,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and a rooftop pool deck, Ezgur said. The apartments would be a mix of studios, one-bedrooms and two-bedrooms, and 20 percent — or 58 units — would be affordable.
The building would include bicycle parking spaces and 183 parking spots, Ezgur said. Other amenities include a dog walk, a 10th-floor terrace and a gym.
The high-rise will be sandwiched between buildings at 1201 and 1229 W. Washington Blvd. The concept is to provide some amenities to those office spaces by developing the vacant lot in the middle, Ezgur said.
Rents would start at $1,599 for studios, $2,200 for one-bedrooms and $2,900 for two bedrooms, said Nick Melrose, founder of Melrose Ascension Capital.
The $100 million project is designed by Pappageorge Haymes Partners.
One resident said they were concerned about the height of the building and wondered whether more apartments were needed with hundreds of units already being built throughout the West Loop. Another neighbor said the proposal would be a good addition to the area.
Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th) has supported recent residential development in other parts of his ward, including dropping his long-standing opposition to adding housing north of Lake Street. He has said the area’s economy has suffered during the coronavirus pandemic and needs more residents to patronize local retail and restaurants.
Similarly, he said the Washington Boulevard tower would support local businesses and “drive more amenities and businesses” west of Racine and “push the economics to Ashland and past Ashland.”
“I think this will benefit our community in a big way,” Burnett said.
The proposal will need support from Burnett and West Loop Community groups before being considered by City Council committees.
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