Thursday, June 23, 2016

Game-Changing Transit-Oriented Development Proposed For Broadway & Wilson

Proposed development looking NE at the corner of Broadway & Wilson (MX3 Architects)

The corner of Broadway and Wilson as we all know it today

Looking north on Broadway from Wilson (MX3 Architects)

Looking south on Winthrop showing the garage entrance (MX3 Architects)
A game-changing transit-oriented development (TOD) with ground-floor retail and 197 residential units is being proposed for the NE corner of Broadway and Wilson.

The development would replace a one-story City Sports as well as Family Dollar and Rainbow Shops, which were built in the 1970s. It would feature a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom rental units. 11,550 square feet of retail will run along both Wilson and Broadway.

The main lobby entrance is planned for off Wilson, next to the current FLATSstudio 1050 building (Wilson Avenue Theater/former TCF Bank). 41 total interior parking spaces are accessed via Winthrop behind the development and a total of 7,135 square feet of outdoor space, including a rooftop deck, will be available for the residents.

The TOD is designed by Chicago-based MX3 Architects and is planned for 9 stories pending a zoning change approval, first by Truman Square Neighbors and later the 46th Ward Zoning Committee. No TIF funds are being requested for this development. This is still a developing story and once we have more info, including the developer, we will pass it along.


  1. The design is heavy-handed--almost brutalist, IMHO--but this development would be a God-send for that intersection and Uptown in general, Wonder what their response will be to the cries of "pricing the poor out" (even though there is no housing in the buildings there now).

    Now, maybe a developer will come along to do something about that awful situation on the SE corner....

  2. Can't wait to see this built too. It's a major improvement for that hideous building there now.

  3. Too much density in an already overly dense area. I've never bought into the idea that there is no need for parking in these near-transit developments. People still get cars and up the competition for street parking and rental parking spaces in nearby buildings.

    1. This area is not overly dense, I always lived near a L line for that reason I dont need a car.Been working without a car almost 40 yrs.

    2. Agreed. This area is not particularly population dense in respect to surrounding neighborhoods:

      If it comforts you any, though, this process from proposals to actually leasing, if it makes it through to development, takes at least a couple years.

  4. Wow, i hope nimbys don't find some weird backwards way of killing this some friends of the park style

  5. Thanks, UU. I'm interested to know who the developer and PM are or will be, as well as how the building and units will be marketed.