Developers release preview of “connected campus” 700 W. Chicago

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700 at the River District
Rendering of 700 at the River District (Solomon Cordwell Buenz)

While 700 at The River District is still awaiting zoning approval from the City of Chicago, developers have released a video showing details of the proposed $700 million redevelopment.

The two-minute presentation, created by Hungary-based ZOAStudio, features 360-degree views of the planned complex. It offers the first preview of the project’s interior amenities, including a food hall, fitness center and roof deck.

Slated for construction on a 37-ac. parcel fronting the Chicago River, 700 at The Water District is a joint venture between Tribune Media and Riverside Investment & Development. The plan, designed by architect Goettsch Partners, consists of three office buildings, a residential tower with 300 units, and a 4.5 ac.park with a public riverwalk.

The video also highlights the redevelopment’s personality as a “connected campus.” Making a reappearance is a future access road that will connect the site to commuter railroad hubs.

Developers filed a zoning application for the project in early September, following a City Council decision that opened the North Branch Industrial Corridor to other development with other uses, including office and residential.

The 700 at The River District is one component in a master plan for the riverfront property owned by Tribune Media. It will be combined with a 30-ac. parcel located south of Chicago Ave. to house mixed-use towers.

If approvals, demolitions and construction stay on track, the first building is expected for completion by mid 2019.

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