Parcel O’s a go as plan commission OK’s design

By Elizabeth Czapski, Staff Writer

The Chicago Plan Commission approved plans for a high-rise building at 193 North Columbus Drive, also known as Parcel O.

The new building will be about  610 feet tall and contain space for residential units and hotels. There are also plans for a green roof that will allow the building to become LED Silver certified.

During the hearing, an attendee asked about how many jobs the new structure will create and the number of affordable housing units, and another person expressed concern about the large number of parking spaces created with the construction of this building.

Alderman Brendan Reilly listed aspects of the project that he believed would be beneficial to the surrounding neighborhood. Reilly announced these improvements in late September, they include numerous traffic changes and improved lighting, as well as:

– A pedway connection through Village Market and Blue Cross/Blue Shield to the greater pedway network.

– A new traffic signal at Upper Columbus Drive and East South Water Street.

– Public elevators connecting the upper level of Columbus Drive to intermediate lower and park levels.

– At the intersection of Upper Columbus Drive and South Water Street, a curb bump-out on the southwest corner to narrow the roadway and pedestrian crossing distance on Columbus Drive.


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