Construction To Begin on 50-Story Office Tower Next to Chicago's Union Station After $476M Loan
BMO Tower will be under construction once demolition of a parking garage is completed on the site at 320 S. Canal St. , said John O’Donnell, CEO of Riverside Investment & Development .
The loan is from BMO Harris Bank , Bank of America and Citizens Bank , O’Donnell said Wednesday.
Riverside is developing the 50-story office tower with another Chicago -based developer, Convexity Properties , which is the real estate investment arm of trader Don Wilson’s DRW Holdings .
Another investor in the tower is AustralianSuper , a massive pension fund based in Melbourne .
The developers have not disclosed the estimated total cost for the office development, which is expected to open in 2022.
BMO Harris’ parent company, Toronto -based BMO Financial Group , is the namesake tenant after leasing almost 500,000 square feet in a planned consolidation of downtown Chicago offices.
The Tribune in September 2018 first reported BMO’s plans to anchor the project, and BMO confirmed the lease last December, saying it would move 3,600 workers there from three Loop buildings. The building will serve as the bank’s U.S. headquarters, and there will be a bank branch on the ground floor.
No other leases have been announced for the building.
The tower, designed by Goettsch Partners , will include an adjacent 1.5-acre park.
“The BMO Tower is a primary example of our commitment to economic development in Chicago,” David Casper , BMO Financial’s U.S. CEO, said in a statement.
The 700-space Union Station Self Park garage on the site closed Sept. 30 , and demolition of that structure will wrap up soon.
BMO Tower will join a wave of major development projects in the area along the river and commuter train stations, which are expected to bring more than 22,000 new office workers to the once-quiet southwest corner of the Loop.
Next door, the redeveloped 2.8 million-square-foot Old Post Office opened to office tenants in October.
Just across the river at the city’s tallest building, Willis Tower is in the late stages of a $500 million expansion that will add retail and entertainment space to its base.
BMO Tower’s imminent groundbreaking comes after the namesake tenant on Tuesday announced plans to cut 5% of BMO Harris Bank’s workforce, potentially affecting hundreds of workers in the Chicago area.
The bank said it has 7,700 Illinois employees, mostly in the Chicago area.
BMO Harris in October announced a $10 million contribution to Invest South/West, an initiative under new Mayor Lori Lightfoot to spur development in 10 neighborhoods on Chicago’s South and West sides.
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