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Long-discussed apartment tower ready to rise in Fulton River District

A rendering showing a glassy high-rise tower with an angled crown next to a shorter high-rise. The buildings stand next to train tracks and tall buildings stand in a row in the distance.

The upcoming building will look very similar to this 2018 rendering but with “updated massing,” according to its developers. | Pappageorge Haymes Partners/Onni Group

The 32-story tower will rise just south of K2 at K Station

A long-discussed—and, for some people, likely forgotten—high-rise apartment project in Chicago’s Fulton River District is finally ready to break ground. Vancouver-based developer Onni Group has received the official go-ahead to begin foundation work on its new building at 354 N. Union Avenue.

Plans to redevelop the vacant parcel bordered by Halsted Street, a set of Metra tracks, and the K2 apartment complex go back at least to 2015, when Crain’s reported that a California developer was pursuing a 38-story tower at the site. That plan was approved in 2016 and later revised in 2018. Based on a new construction permit issued by the city and shared by Chicago Cityscape, the current version of the project will rise 32 stories and contain 373 rental units and 143 parking spaces.

The design, which comes from local architecture firm Pappageorge Haymes Partners, hasn’t changed much from what was shown in 2018 renderings, a representative from Onni tells Curbed Chicago. The developer says it will release updated images later, once it’s time to market and lease the building.

Meanwhile, the upcoming apartment tower at 354 N. Union isn’t the only new development planting roots in Chicago. Construction crews recently broke ground on projects including the annex for the Loop’s MDA City Apartments, the 17-story AMLI 808 rental development in River North, an office building at 448 N. LaSalle, and Hyde Park’s Study Hotel.

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