Astrolab Condos Ready to Rock It

You can trade your pencils for pens on this one.  The modest Near North condominium block marked down for 61 West Erie Street is a “go.”  The Chicago Plan Commission recently gave it the green light.

Rendering of 61 West Erie

Rendering of 61 West Erie. In the fog, for some reason.

There were a few stumbling blocks along the way, but nothing that LG Development couldn’t be solve with a few more aggressive setbacks, and a fat sack of cash to help illuminate Erie Park and its riverwalk.

We call it the “Astrolab Condos” for now because “61 West Erie” is a terrible name, and this was formerly the location of a film processing lab tied to such productions as The Dark Knight and The Break Up.  The project also includes the greystone four-flat next door, which will not be torn down.

The nice thing about living here is that you’re right next door to a Walgreen’s.  The bad thing about living here is that you’re right next door to a Walgreen’s.

Here’s the bird’s-eye low-down on this caper:

  • Address: 61 West Erie Street
  • Developer: LG Development
  • Architecture firm: NORR
  • Net site size: 5,268 square feet
  • Former zoning: DX-5 Downton Mixed Use
  • Floor Area Ratio: 7.4
  • Maximum height: 154 feet
  • Roof height: 133 feet
  • Floors: 13 (12 + roof deck)
  • Length: 100 feet
  • Width: 49 feet
  • Residences: 10
  • Auto parking spaces: 10
  • Bicycle parking spaces: 2
  • Garage access: via north-south alley on west side of building
  • Affordable Housing Opportunity Fund Payment: $175,000
  • Green roof alert! 1,693 square feet

Rendering of 61 West Erie
Rendering of 61 West Erie
Location of 61 West Erie
Location of 61 West Erie
Location of 61 West Erie
Location of 61 West Erie
Diagram of 61 West Erie
Diagram of 61 West Erie
Diagram of 61 West Erie
Diagram of 61 West Erie
Diagram of 61 West Erie
Diagram of 61 West Erie
Diagram of 61 West Erie
Diagram of 61 West Erie
Diagram of 61 West Erie
Diagram of 61 West Erie
Diagram of 61 West Erie

from Chicago Architecture http://www.chicagoarchitecture.org/2017/01/23/astrolab-condos-ready-to-rock-it/

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