A brand new,18 story tower planned for Downtown Chicago,in a fancy area called Fulton Market,promises to bring a ton of new office space to an already bustling area. The tower,being planned near short-term rentals,would be backed and paid for by New York equity firm Thor Equities,and while many people are excited about the project,many who live in the area’s business apartments are concerned about the amount of traffic that would surely accompany it.
In addition to more office space,Thor Equities say that the 300 foot brick building would also feature more retail space,something that is already prevalent in the neighborhood too. Many familiar with downtown Chicago will recognize the location of the space,as it was most recently home of The Mid nightclub,which shut down last year.
While the developers have noted that no tenants have been finalized yet,there has been at least one interested party,the owner of a proposed Rascal-Flatts-themed restaurant. While the restaurant was talked about for a bit,the plan has been put on the back burner for now.
One thing many residents seem to agree on is the fact that the building,if it is indeed built in the proposed site,will crowd an already congested area of the city. Many people think that traffic would get worse,pedestrians would be less safe and that Chicago’s already-outdated sewer system will be impacted greatly. On the other hand,many see this is as proof that Chicago continues to rapidly grow. As more move to the city,they will keep looking for new places to live in,another reason why the housing market in the city is doing so well right now.
If the project is approved,the developers and investors are hoping to begin construction as early as this summer.