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627 Apartments, 17-Story Tower Planned for West Loop's H2O Site

By Stephanie Lulay | June 22, 2016 10:41am
 A Chicago developer is now pitching plans to build 620 apartments at the former H2O Plus site in the West Loop. 
A Chicago developer is now pitching plans to build 620 apartments at the former H2O Plus site in the West Loop. 
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WEST LOOP — A Chicago developer is moving forward with plans to develop more than 600 apartments at the former H2O Plus site in the West Loop. 

Chicago-based developer The John Buck Co. plans to build 627 apartments in four buildings atop a two-story parking podium on the block-long site bound by Madison, Green, Monroe and Peoria streets. The four towers would range in height from 13 stories to 17 stories, according to renderings obtained by DNAinfo Chicago in April. 

Developers will present plans for the $100 million-plus luxury rental project at 6 p.m. July 6 at Merit School of Music, 38 S. Peoria St.

The 627 apartments would be a mix of studio, one, two, and three-bedroom units and 15 duplex units wrapping the parking garage.  

Plans also call for 293 parking spaces, 10,000-square-feet of retail space, a pool and dog run to developed on site, according to the West Loop Community Organization. 

If successful, the LEED Silver-certified project would break ground in early 2017 and open in late 2018. 

The John Buck Co. plans to develop 627 apartments at the former H2O Plus site in the West Loop. [DNAinfo/]

The developer seeks to rezone the site and demolish the existing building. The developer seeks to take advantage of a new city effort called the Neighborhood Opportunity Bonus program that will allow for more density to the project.

The project will need to go through the city's Planning Development process because of the number of units and the building's height, said Carla Agostinelli, executive director of the West Loop Community Organization. 

The 845 W. Madison St. site is located near Mary Bartelme Park and across the street from Merit School of Music and Mariano's. 

The John Buck Co. agreed to buy the property for $20 million in 2014, according to Crain's

An earlier proposal called for 550 units to be developed at the site, according to the developer's website. 

H2O Plus in July 2015 announced plans to move its headquarters to San Francisco and close the West Loop location. Earlier this year, H2O sought a new tenant to sublease the two-story property. A Realtor representing H2O declined to confirm the length of the lease.  

A rendering shows what the project would look like from Madison Street looking east. [DNAinfo/]

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