WICKER PARK — A striking gray and silver 11-story apartment building called "1611 West Division," towering over Wicker Park's Ashland and Division intersection, opened for showings Thursday and plans to welcome its first tenants October 1.
"There's nothing in Wicker Park like this. It's a great location and the right price point," said Jessica Odehnal from Chicago Apartment Finders.
"It will lease up fast," Odehnal predicted of the 13,557-square-foot structure designed by the Wheeler-Kearns architecture firm and containing 99 luxury apartments which range in rent from $1,495 to $3,295 monthly.
Odehnal was among dozens of agents from several Chicago leasing companies on a tour of the building on Thursday hosted by M. Fishman & Company.
Among the 99 units total (view floor plans here), the building offers 27 studio apartments, 36 two-bedrooms and 36 three-bedroom apartments.
Amenities in each apartment include in-unit gas washer and dryers, stainless steel appliances, in-sink garbage disposals, high 10-foot ceilings, and cable and high-speed Internet service.
Building amenities include a rooftop terrace deck offering barbecue grills and chaise lounges, skyline views, a fitness center, a laundry dry cleaners and drop-off center, indoor bike storage, and an emergency back-up generator.
Tenants are able to have up to two pets weighing less than 60 pounds each per apartment at a fee of $500 per pet, with no pit bulls, Rotweilers, German shepherds or Dobermans allowed, according to M. Fishman & Co. agent Zach Weiner, whose firm is an investor in the development and handling the management of the apartments.
The building offers no permanent parking save for nine spaces available to residents in the adjacent Wendy's Restaurant parking lot on a "first come, first serve" basis. But that didn't seem to phase any of the agents.
Kris Clymer, general manager of boutique realty firm Rentology at 1746 W. Division St., said there are "a lot of people that don't own or want to own cars, they're looking for commuter friendly places."
According to the building's developer Rob Buono, I-Go car sharing will have one of the 16 parking spaces in the building's dedicated lot, with the other 15 parking spaces exclusively reserved for first-floor commercial tenants PNC Bank and Intelligentsia coffee. A third tenant has not been secured yet, Buno said.
Billed in a news release as the first Transit Orientated Development in Chicago for its emphasis on public transportation, car-sharing and bicycling, 1611 West Division is described as "an innovative collaboration between neighbors, community, organizations, local government and a private developer."