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JDL Development Reveals Plans For North Union Complex In The Near North Side
North Union Development. Rendering by JDL Development

North Union Development. Rendering by JDL Development
BY: LUKAS KUGLER 7:45 AM ON NOVEMBER 16, 2020

JDL Development has revealed plans for the proposed North Union development in Near North Side. Generally bounded by the CTA Brown Line tracks and W Oak Street, W Chestnut Street, and N Wells Street, the North Union site will span eight acres. Consisting of 15 buildings across the entire property, the design team includes Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, Goettsch Partners, Latent Design, and Omni Workshop.
View of North Union Development. Rendering by JDL Development

View of North Union Development. Rendering by JDL Development

Proposed for a portion of the Moody Bible Institute campus on the Near North Side, JDL purchased the site from Moody Bible, which would continue to own and operate an educational institution and media ministry on its remaining 9.4 acres.
Aerial View of North Union Site. Rendering by JDL Development

Aerial View of North Union Site. Rendering by JDL Development

Dubbed North Union, the name comes from being at the edge of multiple neighborhoods, connecting Cabrini Green, Gold Coast, River North, Old Town, and Rush & Division. Poised as a transit-oriented development, the Chicago CTA L station, serviced by the Brown and Purple Lines, is within a six-minute walk of the future complex. The Clark/Division CTA L station, serviced by the Red Line can be reached within an eight-minute walk from the site. The 66, 70, and 156 CTA bus routes are also nearby. Bike lanes and a Divvy station are located along N Wells Street.
878 N Wells Street. Rendering by JDL Development

878 N Wells Street. Rendering by JDL Development

Construction is planned in five phases, with phase one of the development bound by N Wells Street, W Chestnut Street, N Franklin Street, and W Locust Street. The first tower will be 878 N Wells, which will rise 256 feet over 21 stories. The mixed-use structure will hold 389 dwelling units, with 36 of the residences affordable. 200 parking stalls will be located in the basement, topped by ground-floor retail. The second building will be 232 W Chestnut, rising 70 feet over five stories. Designed as a wood timber loft structure, it will hold 35 dwellings, with three units being affordable. Parking will be combined with 878 N Wells. At 871 N Franklin, an existing structure will be adaptively reused. Rising 50 feet, the four-story project will hold 23 units, with two affordable.
232 W Chestnut Street. Rendering by JDL Development

232 W Chestnut Street. Rendering by JDL Development

Phase 1 will be filled at street level with open public space. Encompassing 20,000 square feet, the park space will feature an arrival park, a connection between N Franklin Street and N Wells Street, a water and public art feature, and cafe seating along light commercial uses. The development will feature multiple infrastructure improvements to promote pedestrian walkability. This includes tabletop street paving, which are slightly raised areas, like a speed bump, for pedestrians to cross. Bulb-out curbs will be used at the intersections.
920 N Wells Street. Rendering by JDL Development

920 N Wells Street. Rendering by JDL Development

The second phase will be bound by N Wells Street, W Chestnut Street, N Franklin Street, and W Walton Street. 920 N Wells, the first structure for the second phase, will rise 155 feet over 15 stories. The mixed-use building will hold ground floor-retail with 186 dwelling units on the upper floors. 17 of the units will be affordable and 90 parking stalls will be included. The second structure will be at 216 W Locust Street, a two-story replacement athletic facility for Moody Bible Institute. 909 N Franklin will be a 12-story, 161-foot-tall residential edifice. There will be 100 dwelling units, including nine affordable, as well as parking for 100 cars. 919 N Franklin is an existing two-story, 34-foot-tall structure that will be adaptively reused into single family homes. 213-217 W Walton is a four-story project holding three single family homes, with space for six cars. The second phase will be linked by a mid-block connection and a green alleyway.
909 N Franklin Street. Rendering by JDL Development

909 N Franklin Street. Rendering by JDL Development

Phase 3 will be bound by N Wells Street, W Walton Street, and W Oak Street. 205 W Oak will be a 42-story, 509-foot-tall, mixed-use building. It will hold ground-floor retail, 340 dwelling units, with 30 of the units affordable, and 324 basement parking stalls. 235 W Oak will be a four-story, 48-foot-tall townhome structure. There will be 24 townhomes, with one being affordable. Parking will be in the basement of 205 W Oak. This phase will continue the mid-block connection and pedestrian connections. The townhomes will be surrounded by green space, with private lawns separated from the public space.
205 W Oak Street. Rendering by JDL Development

205 W Oak Street. Rendering by JDL Development

The fourth phase will be bound by Phase 3, the CTA Brown Line tracks, W Walton Street, and W Oak Street. 312 W Walton will be a 30-story, 312-foot-tall tower, holding 340 dwelling units and 212 parking spaces. 31 of the units will be affordable. 305 W Oak will be a four-story structure rising 48 feet. It will hold six townhomes, with one being affordable, as well as basement parking for 12 cars. Phase 4 will be joined to Phase 3 via a 20,000-square-foot great lawn with a playground. A pedestrian connection will be located between the two projects.
312 W Walton Street. Rendering by JDL Development

312 W Walton Street. Rendering by JDL Development

Phase 5, which is bound by the CTA Brown Line tracks, W Oak Street, and Walter Payton High School, will be the final phase. 310 W Oak will be a 47-story, 512-foot-tall residential building. The project will hold 508 residential units, with 47 of them affordable. 583 parking stalls will be located in a parking podium. 300 W Oak will rise 630 feet over 55 stories, holding 633 units, with 59 affordable residences. Both structures will have access to the parking podium as well as a dedicated auto court for pickups and dropoffs. A 26,500-square-foot dog park will be located at the base of the edifice with separate areas for small and large dogs.
300 and 310 W Oak Street. Rendering by JDL Development

300 and 310 W Oak Street. Rendering by JDL Development

Parking is pushed underground to avoid visual obstructions. Cars access 310 W Oak and 300 W Oak via the auto court along W Oak Street, and can access the parking garage via the dead end of Wendell Street. Car access to 312 W Walton is along W Walton Street to mitigate traffic on W Oak Street. Car access to buildings in phase one, two, and three is placed off of N Wells Street to mitigate traffic and avoid collision between cyclists and cars. The development will perform infrastructure improvements, including stop signs, traffic signals, and slow down curbs.
Site Plan for North Union Development. Rendering by JDL Development

Site Plan for North Union Development. Rendering by JDL Development

The development will be seeking LEED neighborhood certification. The site will feature permeable pavement, 1:1 bike parking for units, and electric car charging stations. Buildings will exceed the energy code by at least 10 percent, reduce indoor water usage by at least 25 percent, and 80 percent of construction waste will be diverted.
Street View of North Union Development. Rendering by JDL Development

Street View of North Union Development. Rendering by JDL Development

The 236 affordable residences will be evenly distributed across the complex and phases, with a mix of unit types including family-sized units. An additional $21 million will be paid into the affordable housing fund to build off-site units.
Aerial View in North Union Development. Rendering by JDL Development

Aerial View in North Union Development. Rendering by JDL Development

The $1.3 billion proposal will require approval from the city as a Master Planned Development. JDL intends to file its PD application with the City Council in coming months. Once filed, the PD application would be introduced to City Council and referred to a future Chicago Plan Commission hearing. Prior to the hearing, the proposal will be refined by the development team in coordination with city departments, local aldermen, neighborhood stakeholders, and the general public.
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More renders here: Developer reveals plan for land alongside Moody Bible Institute: More than 2,600 apartments, condos and town homes
 

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JDL Reveals Updated Plans For North Union, Expects Groundbreaking In 2021 In Near North Side

JDL Reveals Updated Plans for North Union, Expects Groundbreaking in 2021 in Near North Side - Chicago YIMBY

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JDL Development has revealed updated plans for its 8.1-acre North Union megadevelopment in the Near North Side. Generally bounded by the CTA Brown Line tracks and W Oak Street, W Chestnut Street, and N Wells Street, the North Union site will spread across eight acres. The design team for the entire development includes Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, Latent Design, and Omni Workshop.
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North Union is designed to infill the existing gap in the north side, creating a connection between River North, Old Town, Gold Coast, Rush and Division, and Cabrini Green. The development will provide density and active uses on the site and strengthen the existing circulation lines from nearby transit.
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Since the last public reveal of the project at a November 2020 community meeting, the development scheme has been modified in some significant ways. Overarchingly, the amount of green space has been expanded to a total of 2.5 acres across the property, with improved park design. The townhomes in the third phase have been reconfigured, removing entirely the single family homes previously planned for W Walton Street. The massing of 312 W Walton Street has been shifted closer to N Franklin Street and design modifications have been implemented on 312 W Walton Street, 300 W Oak Street, and 310 W Oak Street as result of a wind study. The three towers along N Wells Street have been sculpted in their massing to reflect their adjacency to the corridor. Shade and sun pattern studies have been performed.
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Expected to begin in 2021, phase one of the development will include three buildings and expansive open space. Spanning a total of 527,880 square feet, this phase will produce 486 residential dwellings, with 41 affordable units, in addition to 5,765 square feet of retail space. Open space will be divided into 12,000 square feet of private open space and 23,000 square feet of public open space. The first tower will be 878 N Wells Street, rising 300 feet tall over 26 stories. 232 W Chestnut Street will be a five-story structure rising 70 feet in height. The final building will be 871 N Franklin Street, expected to comprise four stories and rise 50 feet tall.
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Phase two, expected to begin in 2023, will span 418,900 square feet and comprise multiple structures. This phase is expected to include 334 residences, with 26 of those being affordable. Retail space will span 26,725 square feet, and outdoor area will yield 2,000 square feet including private open space. There will be no public open space. The first tower will be 920 N Wells Street, rising 205 feet in height over 19 floors. 215 W Walton Street will be the next building, encompassing six levels and expected to rise 130 feet. The next structure will be 216 W Locust Street, rising two floors and 48 feet in height. 909 N Franklin Street will be the final tower in this second phase, rising 160 feet over 12 stories.
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Phase three is expected to begin in 2025 and will yield 420,099 square feet of space. It will host 248 residential units, 32 of those affordable, and there will be no retail space in this phase. Private open space will yield 12,000 square feet and public open space will span 36,000 square feet. The main building for this phase, 205 W Oak Street, will rise 35 floors and reach 475 feet in height. Since the initial proposal, the height of this tower was reduced and the parking podium removed. A set of row houses will span from W Walton Street to W Oak Street.
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Expected to begin in 2027, phase four will encompass 389,370 square feet of development. Including no retail space, this phase will be purely residential, holding 379 residences, including 31 affordable units. This portion of the project will produce 4,000 square feet of private open space and 2,000 square feet of public open space. The sole tower of this phase will be 312 W Walton Street, expected to rise 380 feet in height with 36 floors. The tower has been the subject of massing and design modifications as the result of a wind study that introduced setbacks into the massing and the expression of the tower structure. Single family homes originally planned for this phase were removed and replaced by 60,000 square feet of open space.
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In phase five, the development will produce over 1.1 million square feet of space, expected to begin in 2029. Also expected to exclude any retail space, the final phase will produce 1,209 residential units. 143 affordable dwellings will be included. 8,000 square feet of space will be dedicated to private open space, with 49,5000 square feet of space being offered as public open space. Comprising two towers, the first one, located at 310 W Oak Street will rise 620 feet in height and comprise 57 stories. The final building, addressed at 300 W Oak Street, will span 65 stories and rise 695 feet. The massing of both towers were carved near the ground in reaction to wind studies in an effort to minimize downdraft conditions at the ground level.
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The majority of park space will be located within three of the five phases. The developer will make an agreement with the city about the maintenance and operation of the public park space. Public art will be featured across the entire development.
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In phase one, the park space will create an open connection between N Franklin Street and N Wells Street. Retail uses along N Wells Street will activate the pedestrian experience. The majority of park space will face W Locust Street and be surrounded by the three buildings in that first phase.
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Phase three will hold more of the allotted open space for the project. The newly expanded space will include the area gained from the removal of single family homes. The park will include a great lawn with grade level changes for interest, children play areas, and a mid-block connection.
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The final phase of the project will hold the remaining open space. Phase 5 will hold the outdoor space for a dog park, including separate areas for large and small dogs. The green space will create an open buffer between the new development and Walter Payton College Preparatory High School. An auto court will serve the two residential towers.
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The development will improve infrastructure around the site, adding some traffic lights, changing signal timing and left turns, and improving pedestrian crosswalks at multiple intersections. Access to buildings in the development will be off of the main streets, with no entries directly from N Wells Street. Parking and loading entries will be located on W Chestnut Street, W Locust Street, W Walton Street, and W Oak Street. Parking for the two towers of phase five will be from W Wendell Street. Parking will be at a less than 50 percent ratio to dwelling units. There will be designated locations for deliveries, pickups, and drop-offs.
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The design of the development looks to reference the heavier more opaque context on the southern end of the project site in the low-rise buildings being built on-site. As the buildings move to the north, the high-rise structures are lighter and more translucent to reference the context to the north.
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All buildings are set back from N Wells Street, uninterrupted bike traffic. A walking environment will be created along N Wells Street. The taller buildings along the CTA L tracks will shield the noise from the rest of the development and the developers will implement various strategies to mitigate noise inside the bordering buildings.
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JDL plans to seek a LEED neighborhood development designation. Buildings will exceed the energy code by 10 percent and reduce indoor water use by 25 percent. Permeable pavers will be used on-site, bike parking will be provided, EV charging stations will be installed, and stormwater collection will be implemented. In addition, 80 percent of construction waste will be diverted.
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266 affordable units are required for the entire scope of the development. 236 of these are expected to be provided on site, dispersed amongst all of the buildings. The mix will include 28 three-bedrooms, 53 two-bedrooms, 140 one-bedrooms, and 15 studios. 118 units, 88 above the remaining requirement will be provided off-site or paid in lieu for a total of $22 million.
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The development will be receiving no public funding and is expected to cost $1.3 billion. The Zoning and Planned Development application was submitted to the City of Chicago on March 24th and will be reviewed internally before going before the Chicago Plan Commission. JDL Development is hoping to begin construction on the first building in 2021, either from the designated phase one or from phase two.
 
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