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Meeting On 405 Unit, 3-Building Union West Project In West Loop Wednesday

By Stephanie Lulay | December 14, 2016 10:42am
 Developers are pitching plans to build a massive 405-unit project in three buildings at Washington and Sangamon.
Developers are pitching plans to build a massive 405-unit project in three buildings at Washington and Sangamon.
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WEST LOOP — Developers will pitch plans to build a 405-unit apartment project on part of Haymarket Center's campus at a meeting Wednesday night. 

Developers ZOM Mid-Atlantic & Verde Communities will present their plan to the community at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Crowne Plaza Hotel, 733 W. Madison St. in Greektown.

The meeting will be held on the hotel's second floor in metro rooms 1 and 2, according to the West Loop Community Organization. 

The developers plan to build the hundreds of apartments in three interconnected buildings at the southwest corner of Washington and Sangamon streets. The site currently houses a one-story building that is part of the Haymarket addiction recovery center's campus and a parking lot on Madison Street. 

Renderings revealed in August showed that the project's three buildings would be 17 stories, 15 stories and eight stories. 

Called Union West, the development would feature a mix of studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, according to sources familiar with the project. About 8,000 square feet of retail space and 232 parking spaces would also be developed on site. 

Under plans introduced in August, about 69 ground-level parking spaces were reserved for Haymarket employees and clients and the remaining 164 parking spaces would be allocated to the building's residents. 

Entrances the residential buildings would be on Washington (A), (on Morgan B) and on Madison Street (C), according to a site map. An amenity deck would be located on the third level. [DNAinfo/]

If approved, the Union West plan would not impact or displace existing operations at Haymarket Center's larger McDermott Center building, located across the street from the proposed development site at 932 W. Washington Blvd. 

The proposed development would be kitty corner to the 11-story Circa 922 apartment building and a proposed 10-story condo project at 900 W. Washington. 

In an August statement, a representative for the Haymarket Center board wrote that any proceeds from a sale would benefit Haymarket's mission to aid people with substance abuse disorders in their recovery. 

"Monsignor [Ignatius] McDermott, decades ago, could not have foreseen today’s popularity of the neighborhood we have called home since his first service to the indigent in the 1960s," the statement read.

In the last decade, the West Loop has undergone "astonishing investments and improvements." Since then, a host of developers have knocked on Haymarket's door.  

"Having heard from many, we have decided to speak with one in particular about surplus property we own south of Washington Street," the statement read. Haymarket's Board has received a formal offer from the developers and is now considering that offer. 

If sold, primary programming would continue at Haymarket's main building north of Washington Boulevard, board member Chris Robling said. Programs currently housed at the "surplus property," including the Wholly Innocents Day Care and the Heartland Health Outreach Clinic, would be moved to the main building or to a satellite facility, he said. 

The proposed Union West project from above. [DNAinfo/]

The developers previously planned to build 442 apartments at the site. 

The developers seek a zoning change from DX-3 to DX-5 with a purchase of 3.1 additional FAR, according to the West Loop Community Organization. The site is in Ald. Danny Solis' 25th Ward. 

The project is designed by Chicago-based bKL Architecture. 

Developers are pitching plans to build a massive 442-apartment project in three buildings at Washington and Sangamon. [DNAinfo/]

The existing one-story building on site currently houses some Haymarket Center programs. [DNAinfo/Stephanie Lulay]

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