After years of luring corporate headquarters downtown, altering the city’s skyline and transforming once-fringe neighborhoods, some of Chicago’s best-known developers are taking a new approach for 2020 and beyond.
In the age of social media, too many structures are designed with pretty pictures in mind, but as this year’s standouts show, good design involves a lot more than a likes-generating facade.
Nearly 1,000 potted plants flourish in every interior that architects Jose Selgas and Lucia Cano have created, between 2014 and now, for Second Home, the British-born workplace-sharing company.
Larry Bond made use of federal opportunity zone program
Construction started on an eight-story, 200-unit residential development at 1522-1538 Cassil Place in Hollywood by developer Bond Companies, which a city spokesperson corroborated is the first city-approved Los Angeles project to utilize Opportunity Zone tax breaks. The project is expected to cost roughly $100 million, and it is slated for 2021 completion.
The project, located at 1363 W. Colton Street, will stand seven stories upon completion, featuring 47 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments and parking for 25 vehicles.
Bond Companies co-founder and President Robert Bond & 1140 West Erie Street in West Town (Credit: Google Maps)
The Chicago-based development and investment firm filed plans for the building – with a maximum potential size of about 102,000 square feet – at 1140 West Erie Street, according to a zoning application. The lot spans about 20,000 square feet.
A rendering of the two-building office and retail project planned for 1200 W. Fulton Market. | Ryan Cos. U.S.
Zoning proposals for six large-scale projects in neighborhoods just west and northwest of downtown were submitted Wednesday to the City Council, indicating an active construction market here despite worries about a slowdown.