WEST LOOP — Even as actor Robert De Niro was in the West Loop Monday to break ground on his new hotel, developers are now pitching a taller Nobu Hotel with more rooms.
According to sources familiar with the project, developers have now applied to build an 11-story building that would bring 103 new hotel rooms to Peoria and Randolph streets. The new hotel is slated to open in late 2017, project partners said Monday.
Under the project, a 10,000-square-foot Nobu restaurant with indoor and outdoor bar, rooftop terrace, indoor pool and spa are also planned.
Earlier this month, a hotel representative said the Chicago's Nobu Hotel would feature 83 rooms and would be eight stories. But leaked renderings of the Nobu project now show a taller 11-story hotel building, Curbed Chicago reports.
Nobu developers have applied for added density through the city's new Neighborhood Opportunity Fund program, according to a source familiar with the project.
At a meeting Monday night, Dave Mooney, chairman of the West Loop Community Organization's development committee, said Nobu developers will pitch their new plan for a taller building at an upcoming community meeting. That meeting, open to public, has yet to be scheduled.
A rendering shows what windows and the streetscape could look like at the planned Nobu Hotel on Randolph's Restaurant Row. [Nobu Hotel rendering]
The city's Department of Planning and Zoning was notified that a new Nobu zoning application could be introduced to City Council on Wednesday, department deputy commissioner Peter Strazzabosco confirmed Monday.
"There has been no review or presentation to the city to date," Strazzabosco said. "If the application seeks to substantially amend or change the Planned Development zoning designation that was previously approved, the formal review process would include the Chicago Plan Commission and the City Council."
The new hotel project is expected to create about 200 construction jobs and 100 permanent jobs when it opens.
The Japanese-themed boutique hotel and restaurant chain co-owned by actor Robert De Niro first announced plans to open a Chicago location in April 2014, but was first planned a decade ago, partners said Monday.
In addition to De Niro, chef Nobu Matsuhisa, film producer Meir Teper and Australian businessman James Packer also own Nobu Hotel and Restaurant. Mark Hunt leads the group developing the hotel, according to zoning records.
Chicago-based general contractor Centaur will oversee the project's development with help from Modif Architecture and West Loop-based interior design firm Studio K.
A rendering shows what the building and rooms could look like at the planned Nobu Hotel in the West Loop. [Nobu Hotel rendering]