APPROVED: 1210 N. STATE ST.
Current Status: Demolition Phase
After a long and extensive community review process, I am pleased to announce the third and final set of revisions to the proposed development for 1212 N. State St. has been approved. I held community meetings in April, July, and November to review and refine this proposal. The final design is reflective of the suggestions and critiques received from neighbors throughout the Gold Coast and Old Town neighborhoods.
The final project is 134 feet and 12 stories tall, with 91 residential units, 32 parking spaces, and two outdoor amenity decks. The third-floor amenity level will feature fencing and sound-dampening materials to reduce noise from the dog run. Neither of the amenity levels will allow outdoor nor amplified speakers for music and will be closed to residents at 11 pm.
One of the greatest concerns about the early designs of the building is the design felt out of place with the neighborhood. The first and second-floor façade along State Street was modified and redesigned to have a much more residential feel at the street-level. The design of the building features a reddish-brick façade with black metal and limestone accents that match the feel of the residential and commercial buildings in the immediate area.
The first floor consists of mixed commercial space, with a restaurant, a café, or coffee shop, and a retail store envisioned on the corner. The residential entry to the building will exist on the State St. side of the building, with all commercial activity located on Division St.
The residential tower was setback 15 feet from the north property line to allow air and light to pass through while allowing the addition of windows to the north façade of the building. This was made possible by removing 14 studio units from the building, and reducing the ceiling height on the residential floors to allow for the addition of seven units on a new 12th floor, resulting in an overall height increase of 6 feet from the original proposal.
To better match the tree-lined street characteristic of North State and East Division Streets, the applicants have agreed to plant six new trees on State St., and three new trees on Division St. The curb cut located in front of 1220 N. State St. will be extended south to the residential entrance for rideshare and taxi pick-ups and drop-offs. The parking garage, which will only be available to residents of the building, is accessed off the alley, where deliveries will be received as well.
To further alleviate concerns about parking in the immediate area, I will introduce an ordinance to prohibit issuance of residential zone permit parking to future residents in the building, meaning that they will be unable to receive zone parking on their vehicle sticker, or zone parking passes in any nearby residential zones.
February 2020: Demolition Update
Power Construction notified me that demolition activities at 10-14 West Division Street and 1200-1212 North State Street will begin on Monday, February 17, and is expected to last up to six weeks (weather permitting).
Starting Thursday, February 13, the demolition contractor will begin installing protective barricades around the perimeter of the site. Demolition work will occur Monday through Friday, with no anticipated weekend work during this phase. Temporary sidewalk closures will occur between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM along the west side of State Street and the north side of Division Street during demolition. Once work is completed for the day, the sidewalks will re-open to the public.
A detour will utilize a temporary crosswalk north of the site at the intersection of North State Street and East Scott Street for the duration of the demolition AND construction phases. Sidewalk closure signage will be posted beyond the perimeter of the construction site, and flaggers will be present at the perimeter of the site to safely re-direct pedestrian traffic across North State Street.
During the demolition phase, there will be periods of time when vehicle traffic may be temporarily restricted southbound through the alley between Dearborn/State at Division. Flaggers will be present when intermittent alley closures will occur.
April 2019: Proposed development presented to the community at Sofitel Hotel.
August 2019: Revised proposal presented at a community open house, featuring significant facade and material color pattern changes.
November 2019: Final plan set presented to the community. Recommended for approval.
December 2019: Presented before, and passed by the Chicago Planning Commission. Approved by Committee on Zoning.
January 2020: Proposed Development approved by Chicago City Council. Permits for demolition and construction approved by the Departments of Transportation and Buildings.
February 2020: Demolition of structures on the site to begin.
May 2020 (est): Groundbreaking and construction to begin.
September 2021 (est): Building completion.
The alley will remain open at Goethe throughout the duration of the project. Demolition trucks will enter and exit the site through the main gate, located in the alley. Upon completion of the demolition work, the sidewalks will remain open until the construction phase begins. Groundbreaking for the development is expected to begin in May 2020, and more construction and logistics information will be shared on this web page.