Near North Side Apartment Tower scaled-down plan is under community review
A downsized proposal for an apartment tower on the Near North Side will be discussed at a community meeting, a sign that a project that has been in limbo for nearly two years could move forward.
Developer Newcastle wants to erect a 29-story building at 1130 N. State St. that would include 304 residential units, according to an email to Ald voters. Brian Hopkins (2sd).
An earlier version had 42 floors and 388 units. Hopkins rejected it in the fall of 2019. About a year later, Newcastle first released plans for a smaller building, and now he’s fine-tuned those in response to criticism.
Hopkins called an online meeting for local residents at 6 p.m. on June 23 to discuss the overhaul. In his email, Hopkins said the new plan allows for future outdoor seating and provides space for Lou Malnati’s popular pizzeria that occupies the property. The site once had a Barnes & Noble bookstore.
Hopkins said in an interview that he is reserving judgment pending the reaction of residents. “I think the changes are much more likely to lessen community opposition, which remains prevalent on this project,” he said.
In his email, Hopkins said, “Since the last community meeting for this project in October 2020, the project has been revised to accommodate the city’s departmental reviews, which has improved the walking experience for pedestrians and the architectural mass context. ” He will co-host the meeting with Gold Coast Neighbors, the North Dearborn Association and Newcastle.
Newcastle managers were unavailable for comment on Friday. Laura Giampietro, the company’s senior vice president of marketing, said she was working on final details and renderings for the meeting. Hopkins’ office provided what they said were the last pictures of Newcastle.
The company has been active on the north side and supports an 89-story apartment building under construction just up the street at 1210 N. State Parkway.
Newcastle has previously said the 1130 N. State building will include 90 parking spaces for residents. He said the project does not require any public subsidy.
The architecture of the building is by Solomon Cordwell Buenz.