$30 million permit issued for Gateway structure in Illinois Medical District

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Chicago has issued a $30 million building permit for a 11-story residential building at the Gateway, a mostly vacant 10-acre lot at Ogden and Damen avenues in the Illinois Medical District.

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The structural permit issued in late April follows earlier permits issued for the foundation and caissons.

Crain’s Chicago Business had reported earlier the 161-unit building (with ground floor retail) is the first sign of construction life of a $300 million mixed-use complex in the district, where developers “struggled for half a decade to land financing for the project.”

The general contractor is Global Builders, Inc. Key subtrades include: Electrical – Belec Electrical, Inc.; masonry – Concrete Structures of Midwest and Vogt Construction Company; plumber-plumbing – Birk Plumbing Inc; and refrigeration and ventilation – Temperature Service Co.

Crain’s reported that the developer is a venture controlled by Elzie Higginbottom. Permits issued last summer indicate “Higginbottom’s East Lake Management development company is forging ahead with the next phase of the long-stalled 1.2 million-sq. ft. project, though the timetable for building is still unclear,” Crain’s reported.

Earlier site image by Steven Vance/Chicago Cityscape

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