WIN: Turn of the Century Loft Building at 153 W. Ohio to Be Converted to Residential

153 W. Ohio Street, built 1900. Photo credit: Loopnet

“Initial plans have been revealed for the residential conversion of the existing commercial building at 153 W Ohio Street in River North. Located just west of the intersection with N. LaSalle Street and across the street from the famed Ohio House Hotel, the project comes at a time where residential conversions are ramping up in the city including just down LaSalle Street. Local developer Senco Properties is leading the way with Chicago-based FitzGerald Associates working on the design.

“Built in 1900 and receiving a renovation with a one-story vertical expansion in 1990, the masonry-clad structure will see a new life as its upper floors receive a redesign according to the ward’s newsletter. The completed project will deliver 35 residential units made up of five-studios/efficiencies, 11 one-bedrooms, 6 one-bedrooms with dens, 11 two-bedrooms, and two three-bedroom layouts.

“The previous iteration called for one remaining commercial space and a handful of parking spots; both of those have now been removed for additional units and a larger entry lobby. There will no longer be any on-site parking but there will be 38 bicycle parking spaces, a small fitness room, and tenant storage in the lower basement level.

“The rest of the five-story structure will remain relatively the same with minor updates and repairs to the front facade and sides, while the 1990 expansion will hold the only apartments with balconies as the development sits back from the street front.” (Achong, Chicago YIMBY, 1/25/23)


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