The City of Chicago Department of Buildings yesterday gave Tawani Enterprises the go-ahead to begin construction of an eight-story apartment building on the southeast corner of Morse and Wayne. Tawani informs me they will begin mobilizing the site next Monday.
Construction is scheduled to last approximately two years, with completion targeted for spring 2019.
Tawani and its contractor, Pepper Construction, will host a “Meet and Greet” Open House for neighborhood residents on Thursday morning, December 14th. Stop by on your way to work anytime between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m., enjoy a complimentary roll and cup of coffee and meet the construction team. This is a great opportunity to ask any remaining questions you may have about the project and its construction.
The project has been in the works for some time. I announced my support of the project in July 2015 after a community review process, and the City Council approved the required zoning changes the following September. The project then underwent an extensive permit review process involving the City’s Department of Buildings and Department of Transportation.
The apartment building will contain three floors of parking topped by five floors of 50 one- and two-bedroom residential units with condo-grade finishes. Seventy-three parking spaces will be provided for building residents and patrons of the Mayne Stage, which is located across the street from the development. When the Mayne Stage is not in use, the parking spaces reserved for the theater will be available to community residents and patrons of local businesses.
All loading and moving operations will take place in a dock inside the building.
Several other amenities were added to the building’s design in response to community feedback, including a large, ground floor lobby with an entrance off of Morse, bicycle storage and exercise areas, and a fourth floor outdoor terrace and rooftop space with greenery.
Next week’s mobilization activities
The construction process will begin Monday with a week of mobilization activities. These activities will include installation of fencing around the full perimeter of the site. The sidewalk and parking lane on the south side of Morse will be closed, but a protected pedestrian walkway will be created in the Morse bike lane.
I have asked the developer and construction team to maintain existing traffic patterns and limit construction traffic to the greatest extent possible, especially on Wayne and other residential side streets. Construction traffic will be routed through the enclosed site. Trucks will enter and exit the site onto Morse.
Once the site is mobilized, the underground phase of construction will begin. This phase is expected to last approximately four months and will include approximately one month of caisson installation followed by earth retention and excavation activities.
After foundations work is complete, the south half of the building will be erected followed by the northeast corner. The public alley will remain open during the construction process but will be narrowed at times due to fencing necessary to create a safe perimeter around the site.
This development will add to the growing vibrancy of the Morse business district, which already is enhanced by the addition of Empirical Brew Pub at the site of the former Act One Pub. More residents will create more demand for services from area businesses and will add foot traffic, which helps improve public safety.
My office staff and I will be working closely with the development team to provide regular updates about the construction process and minimize disruption to neighbors as much as possible.
Of course, also feel free to contact my Ward Service Office with any questions or concerns. You can reach my office at email@example.com or 773-338-5796.
Should a public safety emergency situation arise during or after regular business hours, you should call 911 immediately.
Though construction inevitably creates some inconvenience and headaches for the neighborhood, we can be very happy that this project is finally underway. The end result for the community will be well-worth the transition.