More apartments planned on Green Street

CHAMPAIGN — Look for yet another large apartment complex along the Green Street corridor in Campustown.

This time, the site is the former Champaign Builders Supply property between Green and John streets, immediately east of the Canadian National railroad tracks and west of Locust Street.

As part of the West Quad project, Chicago-based JSQ Commercial is planning a five-story, L-shaped building that would have first-floor commercial space along Green Street, with apartments on the upper floors and a parking garage with access from John Street, said Bruce Knight, Champaign's planning and development director.

Two four-story apartment buildings — each containing two-level townhouse-style apartments — would run east and west on the eastern portion of the property, with a pool house and sand volleyball court between them, Knight said.

No estimated cost for the project has been submitted to the city so far, but Knight estimated the development to be in the $20 million to $30 million range. Site plans show the five-story building would have 96 units with 312 beds and each of the four-story buildings would have 20 two-story units with 80 beds. That would result in a total of 136 units with 472 beds.

The five-story building would also have a fitness center, library, lounge and leasing office.

Michael McNeive, vice president of JSQ Commercial, did not return a call Wednesday seeking comment on the project.

The project is the latest in a series of high-profile apartment projects in Campustown. It follows by only a few weeks the announcement of Green Street Galleria, a new commercial-residential development at the southeast corner of Neil and Green streets.

In addition to four other recently announced projects, a building permit has been issued for a five-story apartment building at 407 S. Second St. — a block north of Green Street — on the site of the recently demolished Dental Circle building.

Knight said the city recently rezoned the Champaign Builders Supply property to "central business district" and high-density multifamily residential, making possible redevelopment of the former industrial site.

He said the new uses are more compatible with surrounding properties and resolve several issues of concern to the city.

One was the heavy truck traffic in and out of Champaign Builders Supply, which not only was hard on surrounding streets but also posed problems at First and Green streets, where the intersection wasn't designed for turns by large trucks. The new uses also resolve the problem of "dust issues" associated with the concrete plant.

So far, the developers have sought only footing-and-foundation permits for the main building at 29 E. Green St., an apartment building at 705 S. Locust St. and the other apartment building and pool house, both at 30 E. John St.

The Champaign Builders Supply property wraps around the University Centre retail plaza at 33-49 E. Green St., C, which includes Jimmy John's and D.P. Dough among its tenants.

Go Green

Another week, another apartment project announcement along Green Street. Others unveiled recently:

— Green Street Galleria, a commercial-residential development at the southeast corner of Neil and Green streets.

— A five-story building at 112 E. Green St.

— The HERE apartment complex, under construction at the northwest corner of Fourth and Green streets.

— A new Bankier apartment building under construction at the southwest corner of Sixth and Green streets.

— The JSM mixed-use project getting under way near the northwest corner of Sixth and Green streets.

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