It seems like forever ago that The John Buck Co. revealed plans for a towering 24-story apartment tower that will essentially be located right smack-dab in the middle of Chicago’s bustling River North neighborhood.
Since last September, when many of us first learned about the dynamic new project, not much has been happening at the Assumption Catholic Church parking lot—the site of the sleek new glass tower—until now.
According to reports from Curbed, the parking lot has now officially been fenced off and it looks like construction could beginning at any time on what’s now being dubbed 3Eleven (named for its address at 311 W. Illinois). Prior to any construction on the tower, a fairly small, 1,400 square foot garage will need to be demolished, which shouldn’t take long.
From there, development of the gleaming new glass and steel tower will then begin, rising 24 stories into the air and using 249 mostly studio and one-bedroom apartments. When plans for the project were first announced, ground-level retail space, 109 parking spaces (of which some the church will be able to use), and a full compliment of amenities will all be included in the project scope, which will reportedly include a fifth floor dog run, a swimming pool, a fitness center, and a top floor lounge and entertaining space.
No word yet on when the 311 W. Illinois will be finished, but look for it to be sooner rather than later given how red hot Chicago’s rental market continues to be moving through 2016.