Building permit: $44 million church priory renovation related to apartment project

Church priory

The Order of Friar Servants of Mary, USA Province, Inc. has been issued a $44 million building permit for a renovation at 323 W. Illinois.

The work, renovating and adding a floor to the Assumption Catholic Church priory (monastery), is part of The John Buck Company project, which will see the construction of a 23-story apartment tower on the church’s other side.

That site, at 311 W. Illinois, is currently a parking lot. The developer plans to build 245 units there.

(Building permit documents don’t show a permit issued yet for that structure.)

church project
A rendering of the planned apartment building on the other side of the church, replacing its parking lot

ChicagoArchitecture reported earlier:

According to the developer’s proposal, the (apartment) parking podium will have 35 spaces to be legally owned by Assumption Church. And as part of construction of the residential tower, there will be an independent lobby entrance (with exclusive elevator and stairs) so that Assumption members to access these spaces. According to the church bulletin, the 35 spaces will encompass one floor of the building.

The John Buck Company also proposed numerous enhancements to the church’s currently existing structures. These include adding an additional story to the one-story priory building that sits on the other side of the church sanctuary, and landscaping improvements to the church’s outdoor garden and patio area.

The general contractor for the priory renovation is Norcon Inc. Other key trades listed in the June 2 permit include: Electrical: Hickey Electrical Contractors; masonry, Certified Masonry Inc.; plumbing, Doherty Mechanical Inc.; and refrigeration, Hill Mechanical.


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