One of the more interesting neighborhood transformations to watch over the last decade has been Noble Square. The on-again, off-again gentrification has finally started to really take hold, and it’s exciting to sit in the weird little back room at the Starbucks on Division and watch the parade of new residents come through.
One of the more successful developments has been 1624 West Division Street, just a few dozen feet over the Wicker Park/Noble Square border. The four-story residential building that is formed by two connected blocks, one facing south over Division, and the other facing northeast toward Milwaukee Avenue. It’s not as visually impressive as Wheeler Kearns’ residential tower at 1611 West Division, but it gives us clean, attractive retail space on a corridor that badly needed it.
Now RDM Development want to add a 16-story expansion to their four-story success story. The mid-rise tower designed by Wallin-Gomez Architects in the south Loop would be tacked onto the northern building, dropping it onto a small portion of a massive surface parking lot that fills the middle of the Division-Paulina-Milwaukee triangle like a Toblerone filled with dog slobber.
Even though the 16-story tower has no street-facing side, it will still have 9,000 square feet of retail space. It will also bring to the neighborhood 168* new residences. In census talk, that’s 420 new people. People who will need coffee shops, and dry cleaners, and candy stores, and liquor stores, and psychologists, and all the other things that make a neighborhood a neighborhood. It’s good to see this corner of the city getting back on its feet.
Do you smell smoke? Time for a firehose:
- Developer: 1200 Ashland LLC
- For realsies: RDM Development
- Architecture firm: Wallin-Gomez Architects
- Address: 1624 West Division Street
- Roof height: 163 feet
- Maximum length: 159 feet, 2 inches
- Floors: 16
- Current zoning: B3-2
- Requested zoning: R-BPD
- Net site area: 48,570 square feet
- Floor area ratio: 5.0
- Number of residences: 130 or 168
- Studios: 26
- One bedrooms: 66
- Two bedrooms: 38
- Affordable units: 7
- Affordable Housing Opportunity Fund payment: $875,000
- Retail space: 9,000 square feet
- Parking: 151 spaces
- Bicycle parking: 50 spaces
- Loading docks: two
- Pool, fitness area, common space on third floor
- Green roof alert: 6,492 square feet
* There is a discrepancy in the paperwork filed with the city. On one page it states, “containing 168 dwelling units.” On another page, there is a grid of apartment types that totals 130.