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586-Unit Project At H2O Site In West Loop Approved By Zoning Committee

By  Stephanie Lulay and Heather Cherone | June 22, 2017 3:20pm 

 Developer The John Buck Co. plans to build 586 apartments on the former H2O Plus site at 845 W. Madison St. in the West Loop.
Developer The John Buck Co. plans to build 586 apartments on the former H2O Plus site at 845 W. Madison St. in the West Loop.
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GREC Architects

WEST LOOP — A developer's plan to build nearly 600 apartments at the former H2O Plus site in the West Loop was approved by city's Committee on Zoning Thursday. 

With two buildings that each top out at 17 stories, the project by The John Buck Co. has 586 luxury apartments at the block-long H2O site bound by Madison, Green, Monroe and Peoria streets. The project will next be considered by the full City Council Wednesday, where it is expected to pass. 

The $100 million-plus luxury rental project, built in two 197-foot-tall towers at 845 W. Madison St., would be a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and duplexes. Plans call for 293 parking spots, 10,000 square feet of retail, a private amenity deck, pool and an art wall on Green Street to be developed on the two-acre site. 

Of the 586 planned apartments on site, 59 will be affordable housing units. 

Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th) issued a letter of support for the 845 W. Madison plan ahead of the meeting. 

The project was approved by the Plan Commission last week. 

A rendering from February 2017 shows what the northwest corner of the H2O redevelopment could look like. [GREC Architects]

The two 17-story towers will be built atop a two-story parking podium — a tower at the northwest corner of the site and at the southeast tower that would range from 6-16 stories. About 13 duplexes, would line the site's southwest corner near Mary Bartelme Park, according to renderings. 

Under previous plans, the developer aimed to build 627 apartments at the site.

As part of the project, The John Buck Co. will pay $2.31 million into the city's Neighborhood Opportunity Fund program, which allows developers to build bigger and taller projects in an expanded downtown area that includes much of the West Loop if they pay into a fund. The program aims to generate millions to rebuild blighted neighborhoods on the city's West and South sides. 

RELATED: H2O Apartment Plan Likely To Get Burnett OK, But Height Of Towers Irks Some

A site plan shows what the 845 W. Madison project could look like. [DNAinfo]