Nobu Hospitality Group reportedly wants to open a 155-room hotel and Japanese restaurant in a new 12-story building on W. Randolph St. in Chicago's burgeoning West Loop. Ventures that include Chicago-based firms M Development and Centaur Construction Co. owns the land and would build and own the hotel, reports Crain's Chicago Business.
Zoning obstacles still remain, however. Ald. Walter Burnett (27th), who represents the neighborhood in the City Council, said he hasn't decided whether to back the zoning change. Under longstanding City Council tradition, alderman have the power to reject and approve development proposals in their wards.
"There's no guarantee this building is going to go up," Burnett said.
Spiro Tsaparas, CEO at Centaur Construction, said that the proposed building is 12 stories to ensure there are enough hotel rooms to make the project financially feasible.
Patti Mocco, a board member of the Neighbors of West Loop organization, said the height could set an unwelcome new precedent, encouraging developers to propose tall buildings in the area. "It's going to build (into) a chain reaction," she said.
Finally, from Martha Goldstein, executive director at the West Loop Community Organization: "We desperately need a hotel but we're concerned about the height on Randolph Street and their parking setup."
Designed by Chicago architecture firm Booth Hansen Ltd., the proposed building would include brick and steel elements meant to evoke the area's industrial history. It would include a third-floor green area and fitness center for hotel guests and sound-proof windows to minimize noise conflicts with nearby industrial and warehouse firms.