17-floor 'Hub on Campus' aims to open at Sixth and Green in August 2020

17-floor 'Hub on Campus' aims to open at Sixth and Green in August 2020

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CHAMPAIGN — The latest high-rise coming to Campustown could include a fitness center with a steam room, a study lounge, a business center, barbecue stations and a rooftop pool.

Chicago-based developer Core Spaces plans to begin construction later this year on the southeast corner of Sixth and Green streets, the company told The News-Gazette, with the 17-floor, 175-foot-tall "Hub on Campus" scheduled to open in August 2020.

"We are thrilled to bring to the University of Illinois and Champaign communities our Hub on Campus project," said Tom Harrington, Core's executive vice president for acquisitions.

It will have apartments ranging from "micro units" to four bedrooms, and residents will have access to an enclosed parking garage.

The basics of the project were revealed in April, when the Champaign City Council approved two items allowing Core to build around and expand the alley north of The Clybourne.

Since then, several businesses in the high-rise's footprint have closed or moved:

— The Clybourne and Firehaus bars closed.

— InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's The Loft moved across the street to 616 E. Green St.

— HomeTown Pantry moved down the street to 509 E. Green St.

— Korean restaurant Woori Jib closed "until further notice," according to a sign on its door.

— T-shirt shop Campus Ink moved down the street to 812 S. Sixth St. and opened a new production space in north Urbana.

Harrington and Jimmy John's spokesman Nathan Louer declined to comment on what will happen to the sandwich shop just east of HomeTown Pantry, though Harrington said the Dunkin' Donuts east of that doesn't lie in the high-rise's footprint.

And while not directly impacted, Campus Florist owner Anne Johnston plans to close by the end of October after 77 years, due in part to the coming construction.

The first two floors of the new building will include retail space, though Harrington said Core isn't yet ready to announce who the tenants will be.

Core focuses on student housing developments in major campus towns, with its first opening in 2013 near Arizona State.

The company manages more than 6,700 beds in nine states and also has projects planned for Michigan State, Purdue, Kentucky and Arizona.

This high-rise will be across the street from the Skyline Tower on the southwest corner of Sixth and Green, and down the street from two more: HERE Champaign and 309 Green. Another is being built nearby at John and Fourth streets.

Asked whether there are too many high-rises near campus, Harrington said he didn't have much of a comment.

"The zoning allows for it, and we believe it will be successful," he said.

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