Last summer, The John Buck Company unveiled plans for a massive mixed-use project on the city block that used to be home to the H2O Plus facility (845 West Madison). Plans called for a 600,000-square-foot development that includes one 17-story tower, one 15-story tower, a two-story parking podium, and a row of duplex homes. All-told, the project was set to include 627 residences, 10,000 square-feet of retail, and almost 300 parking spots.

A complex of that magnitude does not go unnoticed and following complaints from neighbors and the surrounding West Loop community, Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. told the developer to go back to the drawing board with something smaller and less dense.

Rendering from the July 2016 presentation (GREC Architects)
Rendering by GREC Architects 

Per Curbed Chicago, The John Buck Company, Lendlease, and GREC Architects have emailed condo owners in a nearby building and invited them to a closed-door meeting to see revised plans for the project. The developer did file updated plans in October that downgraded the project to 586 residential units and a max-height of 16 stories, but it is unclear if that is the plan they’ll be showing at this meeting.

A public meeting to showcase the latest round of revisions is sure to be forthcoming. We’ll have to wait and see when that will be scheduled.


Updated H2O+ redevelopment plan to be shown to nearby West Loop condo owners [Curbed Chicago]

17-Story West Loop Tower Plan Rejected by Ald. Burnett Amid Complaints [DNA Info]

Dense 627-Unit Proposal for West Loop Unveiled to Community [Curbed Chicago]