With site cleared, St. Ignatius can begin its new athletic center

St. Ignatius College Prep Athletic Center

1001 West Roosevelt, site of the new St. Ignatius College Prep Athletic Center, seen from Skydeck Chicago.

At the corner of West Roosevelt Road and South Morgan Street, Heneghan Wrecking has hauled off the last remnants of the former Provision Theater, making space for St. Ignatius College Prep to get started on its new athletic center.

Permitted for demolition on March 13, the site at 1001 West Roosevelt is a blank canvas now. Not much information is available yet for the new facility, but the coveted building permit will spill all the secrets as soon as it’s issued, likely in the very near future.

 

 

Demolition Update: Grant Park Packing gives way to the Hoxton Chicago

Tuesday morning:

Monday morning (with sunshine):

Hoxton Chicago will begin where Grant Park Packing ends

At 832 West Lake Street in the West Loop, a crew from Heneghan Wrecking has begun making space for the new Hoxton Chicago hotel. Work started Monday (the demolition permit was issued way back in December) on the old meat-packing facility, and the slo-mo video above, courtesy of a CTA Green Line train, shows progress on tearing apart the upper level.

As reported in January, the Hoxton Chicago will be a 175-room boutique hotel from London-based developer of the Hoxton brand, Ennismore, and West Loop stalwart Shapack Partners. Chicago’s very own GREC Architects took care of the design. We may have to wait for the new building permits before we know who the general contractor will be.

 

 

It’s an Old Town Teardown as O’Brien’s meets the wrecking claw

O'Brien's 1528 North Wells Street

When this shows up at your table, you better hurry and clean your plate.

Tuesday was Last Call at O’Brien’s Restaurant at 1528 North Wells Street in Old Town, as a crew from Heneghan Wrecking went about making space for a future hotel on the site. Permitted for demolition in March, O’Brien’s closed in late August, but plan to be back in business as part of the new boutique hotel slated for the site. That hotel, approved by the Chicago Plan Commission in June 2016, will be 13 stories high with 188 guest rooms, and, teamed with four single-family homes, will include demolition of the building next door, at 1520 North Wells.

Old parking garage is more Ex than Ess, clearing space for Essex On The Park

Essex On The Park demo

The parking deck, including a pool, next to the Essex Inn is coming down to make room for Essex On The Park. So please, NO DIVING.

While the Essex Inn at 800 North Michigan Avenue gets a complete upgrade, its parking deck, pool, and ground-floor restaurant next door are being obliterated by Heneghan Wrecking, making space for Essex On The Park, the giant 56-story apartment tower from Oxford Capital Group. The shiny, 476-unit project by Hartshorne Plunkard Architects will be some kind of addition to the Michigan Avenue streetwall, what with its short, stocky hotels. Power Construction is the general contractor, tasked with having the apartments ready for habitation next year.

Grant Park Packing Company building heads to slaughter

832 West Lake

Vaia Inc and Grant Park packing will soon be no more.

Bid farewell to yet another Meat Packing District stalwart, as the development frenzy in the West Loop continues to gobble up everything in its path.

Construction fences surround properties at 850 and 842 West Lake Street, the homes of Grant Park Packing Company and Vaia, Inc. Auto, as Heneghan Wrecking prepares to act on the demolition permit filed by the City of Chicago back on December 7. The site has been rumored to be the new home of a hotel from Shapack Partners.

**** UPDATE: Rumor no more. GREC Architects confirms their involvement in designing the 175-room Hoxton Chicago, a hotel to be built at the corner of Lake and Green Streets. You can see a rendering of the Hoxton Chicago below from Ennismore, the London-based developer of the Hoxton brand.

Hoxton Chicago