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A Salvation Army building at 509 N. uNION Ave. would be redeveloped into a hotel under a plan proposed by developer Jeffrey Shapack

Chicago Plan Commission Endorses Shapack Proposal for Apartments, Hotel in West Town

The Chicago Plan Commission on Thursday endorsed developer Jeffrey Shapack’s long-term proposal to build more than 2,200 residential units and a boutique hotel, potentially adding considerable density to a section of West Town near the future Bally’s casino site, the Chicago Sun Times reported

The proposal envisions four high-rises, the tallest being 620 feet. Shapack said he would start the multiphase project by converting a Salvation Army building at 509 N. Union Ave. into a 141-key hotel.

The plan covers several properties south of the Ohio Street feeder ramp and between Desplaines, Hubbard and Halsted streets. Milwaukee Avenue and Metra tracks bisect the area. 

Commission members enthusiastically backed zoning changes to allow the project to move forward, although timing will depend on the housing market. The panel approved overall site plans but not specific architectural designs, which are subject to future city reviews. 

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