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New Designs Show Rooftop Pool, 150 Apartments in Wrigleyville

The Addison Park on Clark development is back with developers sharing new details for the mega-development next to Wrigley Field.

Addison Park on Clark
Addison Park on Clark
Developers behind Lake View’s Addison Park on Clark complex are back again, this time with new designs detailing fewer apartments, more parking and a rooftop pool.

M&R Development and RMK Management Corp. presented their new plans at a recent Southport Neighbors Association meeting, detailing changes like expanding the sidewalks, DNAinfo Chicago reports.

It’s all centered on the southeast intersection of Addison and Clark Streets. The project is downsizing the number of apartments from 170 to 148 while increasing the number of parking spaces from 380 to nearly 500. That’s combined with nearly 170,000-square-feet of retail space.

New designs also show an increase of the building’s height by just two feet, making the tallest portion of Addison Park on Clark 93-feet tall. Developers, however, say the highest points are set back from the street to fit in better with the surrounding Wrigleyville neighborhood.

“Ensuring the structure and design of Addison Park on Clark integrates with the surrounding buildings and community has always been priority,” they wrote on their website. “The revised plans increase setbacks from the perimeter of the building. Upper floors along Clark Street will be placed more than 45 feet from the perimeter.”

XSport Fitness, a health club chain, is also still in talks to take over a large portion of the development. Ald. Tom Tunney’s office told Patch in January other retailers like 7-Eleven and CVS might also fill street-level retail storefronts. Developer Tony Rossi later told DNAinfo retailers would likely be restaurants and bars.

Things may be moving along, but at one point Addison Park on Clark almost failed completely. The project’s planned development was approved in 2010, but the developer dodged a complete foreclosure on the property in 2012 when he refinanced the site with a $9.1 million loan.

They then restructured the plan, moving away from a hotel on the property toward more apartments and a potential deal with XSport.

Developers aim to gain full city approval this fall, with construction starting the spring of 2014.



Derrick Sorles August 21, 2013 at 09:33 AM
It's pretty ugly in my opinion!
Hammering Hank August 21, 2013 at 09:43 AM
I 2nd that opinion~ This is one ugly a** design. Why is it that developers these days get away with cheaply built and ugly behemoth looking garbage? Lets see.....too large & dense for that location and square footage of land; too much buried retail that will fail miserably; and sterile suburbanite looking mall crap~
Andy Ambrosius (Editor) August 21, 2013 at 10:23 AM
To me, it kind of looks like parts of Whole Foods (where they didn't repurpose the historic facade). The grey blocks, windows...
Link N. Parker August 21, 2013 at 11:17 AM
Are they going to get rid of the stand-alone 7-11 convenience store at Addison and Sheffield as part of this? If so, then I support this.
JR August 21, 2013 at 11:25 AM
Looks better than the OUT Hotel proposal. Maybe not much but better. At lease it doesn't hang over another building.
ChiTownLivin August 21, 2013 at 12:11 PM
I think it looks great! Hopefully it will balance well with the cubs renovations, triangle building, and hotel.
ChiTownLivin August 21, 2013 at 03:03 PM
What will happen to all the existing tenants? Red Ivy, Mullins, Goose Island...
Roscoe Resident August 21, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Looks pretty good. I love the growth of the neighborhood in the already congested area. Appropriate set-back. Look slike a great compromise.
ChitownTransplant August 21, 2013 at 06:50 PM
Decreasing the number of residential units while increasing the number of parking spaces by nearly 120 spaces makes for more than a 3:1 parking to residential unit ratio. This is wholly unacceptable as well as baffling less than a block away from a Red Line station and many bus service lines. What happened to transit oriented development or the TOD ordinance? Why do they need so much parking? Hopefully the residents of the neighborhood will have a field day with this as they did with the proposed Wrigley Field parking garages because as it stands this is going to be atrocious and will make traffic in this neighborhood even worse. YIKES!
Jeff Friedman August 21, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Hey Chitown Transplant, can you help me out? I'm trying to understand why you conclude that building more parking will make traffic worse. Is there a study you can refer me to? I'm skeptical. My observation is that there are already more parking spaces than vehicles going to Wrigley Field. If anything is going to add more traffic congestion, it would be adding more seating capacity to the ball park.
Adam Rosa August 21, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Absolutely hate the horizontal cruise-ship treatment along Clark Street. What ever happened to articulating a building facade to create a rhythm that was contextual with the fine-grained nature of the street?
Adam Rosa August 21, 2013 at 11:53 PM
The parking ratios are also completely out of wack and will just encourage more driving/traffic in a congested location. The retail mix sounds equally bad.
Adam Rosa August 21, 2013 at 11:56 PM
Building more parking will encourage residents to all have cars. The residential trips will greatly outweigh the general Wrigley traffic on a day to day basis. This should be no more than 1 space per unit.
ChitownTransplant August 22, 2013 at 12:42 AM
Re Jeff Friedman As Adam Rosa said and a recent article on the matter: http://chi.streetsblog.org/2013/04/08/more-parking-around-wrigley-will-only-bring-more-traffic/
Jeff Friedman August 22, 2013 at 12:45 AM
Oh wait! I need to back track and admit to poor reading comprehension. I think I found some answers. Your point was not Cubs game parking. It was related to residential parking near train stations. I read this: http://www.scribd.com/doc/155727943/Parking-Myths ...Seems like the author would rather see this developer add a ton of apartments (encourage high density), perhaps even a highrise. And, she would also recommend a very small number of parking spaces like 1 spot for every 3 apartments. I get the point now. But, I can't imagine a developer believing that would be smart design in our car-centric current conditions. Perhaps it's because of my point of view. I'm a former reverse commuter who needed my car to go to my office in the suburbs and to also visit my client's througout the midwest. I couldn't find any alternatives to driving. I still wanted to live in the city!
ChitownTransplant August 22, 2013 at 12:55 AM
Welcome to the city! You do realize that 1 in 3 Chicago residents live without a car? A ratio I am sure is much higher in the transit rich north side communities such as Lakeview. Regardless this parking ratio is out of control almost anyway you look at it. They are tripling the parking minimum for a development not in a transit zone and in this case they are 600 feet from a Red Line station. Crazy!
Adam Rosa August 22, 2013 at 10:10 AM
Also, the folks that rent these places are likely to be early-mid twenties crew that want's to live directly above the bar in Wrigleyville. I'm guessing most of them will work downtown and won't need a car for the commute.
Jeff Friedman August 22, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Adam, I agree the likely demographic in the neighborhood would be in their 20s. It will be interesting to see what the rent prices will be. Your typical 20-something is looking to spend well under $1000 per month on rent. I doubt a new project like this will offer anything in that price range. Therefore, the project is going to need to appeal to a unique niche. Not too many people want to live in Wrigleyville because of the noise, traffic, and rowdy crowds. I work in the apartment rental business. I find most renters chose Wrigleyville as their second choice if they can't find a place somewhere better in their eyes. There is a small niche of people who like Wrigleyville but they are usually young men with small incomes. These guys usually like to drink and party.
ChiTownLivin August 30, 2013 at 05:17 PM
@ Jeff Friedman. I remember reading (not sure if it was here on patch or elsewhere) that they were aiming for a different demographic than the 20somethings and were going to have higher rents. You may notice as well down Clark Street there are more "restaurant style" establishments opening up vs bars. Prime example is Sweet Baby Rays, Taco Flaco, and soon to be Old Crow BBQ (which is owned by JBC and Moe's) in an effort to bring more restaurants to the area.
Hammering Hank September 05, 2013 at 09:39 AM
I can't wait for the new movie theatre~

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