WEST LOOP — A West Loop alderman plans to approve plans for 70 new condominiums to be developed across from Harpo Studios.
Developer Belgravia Group presented plans to build a six-story, 77-foot-tall building on a large lot at Washington Boulevard and Aberdeen Street at a community meeting Wednesday night. Ald. Danny Solis (25th), who was not present at the meeting, will approve the plan, which includes 70 family-sized units and 77 parking spaces, said Nicole Wellhausen, the alderman's legislative aide.
If approved, the new development will displace A&A Automobile Service, a longtime auto repair shop at 1045 W. Washington Blvd.
All of the condos would be three-bedroom, three-bathroom units that could be attractive for expanding families hoping to stay in the West Loop, said Belgravia's CEO Alan Lev. The condos will be between 2,100 and 2,200 square feet and list in the high $700,000s or low $800,000s.
The building plan features private roof decks for each of the top floor units. The condos would have 10-foot ceilings, European cabinetry, wood floors and luxe finishes, Lev said.
Belgravia Group plans to build 70 condo units at Washington and Aberdeen in the West Loop. The site currently houses A&A Automobile Service. [Belgravia Group]
The proposed development was met with positive feedback from the community at the meeting Wednesday night. Ben Dituri, a resident who has lived in the West Loop since 1993, called the project "a great fit" for the neighborhood and site.
The West Central Association and West Loop Community Organization both support the project, the groups' respective leaders Armando Chacon and Carla Agostinelli confirmed.
"Belgravia has been one of the good guys and after a few contentious [development] meetings, I'm happy to have a non-contentious project for a change," Chacon said Wednesday night. "Right now we need larger units."
The developer is seeking a zoning changes to build family-size units, to allow for 45 feet of open terrace and permission for parking at ground level.
A&A Automobile Service plans to move out in May. Belgravia hopes to break ground on the project in May or June of 2016 and deliver the first units in the summer of 2017. All of the units would be finished in less than 24 months from the project's start date, he said.
The proposed development is similar in size to the CA Condos on Adams, a completed Belgravia Group project at Adams and Aberdeen streets that sold out before the developer broke ground, Lev said.
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