By. Chris Stritzel
Since December 2016, when One Hundred was announced, it has become one of the more anticipated projects that has made residents of Central West End and the region anxious to see begin. The 386 Foot tall tower will rise at Kingshighway and West Pine in the Central West End neighborhood and will add over 300 apartment units to the ever growing Central West End area. It is designed by Chicago based Studio Gang architects. The last time a Building Permit was applied for was in Mid-December 2017 and the usage for the Building Permit is "Foundation Only" and the total estimated costs for this phase of construction should be around $9,100,312 out of the $130 Million estimated cost of the project. That permit is expected to be issued sometime this week or next week according to city officials within the Building Division.
So now the question remains: When will this project begin? To find out, I contacted Peter Cassel, a employee of developer MAC Properties (who is co-developing this project with Antheus Capital). His answer on when we can see this project break ground is "by the end of February or Early March". I asked why the long wait on the project. While he didn't have a definite answer, he did make clear that to build a building of this size takes time and that it is better to go slower rather than rush to the final project. In other words, quality takes time. He also told me that construction loans are all lined up and the contractor will be Clayco. He said that they "could've started this month but the building permit was never issued" and "the discovery of the old hotel's foundations led to increased construction costs and longer wait times then that was originally anticipated".
"But it will be worth the wait", he assured me as the building we be unlike anything the region has ever seen before. It will also be one of the crown jewels to come out of this building boom that the city is seeing. Currently, new fencing is up on the site as utility crews move underground Phone wires and water lines to make way for the digging up of the old hotel foundations. He says that by time that project is completed, they should be starting on construction or getting really close to beginning. He further assured me that a set Groundbreaking date should come in the first week or two of February along with new Renderings.
All in all, the project should be completed by mid-2020 and add an estimated 600+ residents to Central West End. Meanwhile, next door to this site at Kingshighway and Lindell, Developer Koman has seemingly put their plans for the site on the "back-burner", and that is if they were even planning a tower. It would have been designed by New York based Kohn, Pedersen and Fox (KPF) architects. But that is another story. We should have a crane on site by Early fall of this year.
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