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19-Story West Loop Apartment Tower Gets Key City Approval

The project gives developers flexibility to convert some apartments into hotel rooms. Hospitality workers pushed to nix that option and preserve affordable housing.

DCA Developments received approval from the Committee on Zoning Wednesday for a 213-foot building with 288 apartments at 1227 W. Washington Blvd.
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WEST LOOP — Plans for a 19-story apartment building are moving to City Council for a vote despite concerns from local hospitality workers about affordable units.

The city’s Committee on Zoning approved a DAC Developments and Melrose Ascension Capital’s plan to build the 213-foot building at 1227 W. Washington Blvd. 

The proposal would bring 288 apartments, 4,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and 10,000 square feet of tenant amenity space to the area. The project will include 58 on-site affordable housing units.

It also includes 183 parking spaces and 185 bicycle parking spaces. 

The $100 million high-rise designed by Pappageorge Haymes Partners would be sandwiched between buildings at 1201 W. Washington Blvd. and 1229 W. Washington Blvd.

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The project was pitched as a combined hotel and apartment building and later redesigned as an apartment tower.

Under the current zoning, the developers have some flexibility for future uses of the new building. If approved, they’ll be allowed to convert up to 154 apartments into hotel rooms, according to the zoning application.

Several speakers from the Unite Local Here One union spoke at the zoning meeting, calling on the developer to nix the hotel conversion option to ensure permanent affordable housing options for hospitality industry workers in the West Loop.

Last month, zoning attorney Michael Ezgur said the developer had no current plans for rooms to be converted into hotel units.

The proposal is expected to be voted on at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.  

Credit: Department of Planning and Development
DCA Developments received approval from the Committee on Zoning Wednesday for a 213-foot building with 288 apartments at 1217 W. Washington Blvd.

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