South Street Capital Plans $90M High-Tech Adaptive Reuse Project on Goose Island

Chicago’s 160-acre Goose Island is becoming a hotspot for the high-tech industry.

By Ioana Neamt, Associate Editor

934 N. Branch St.

Chicago’s 160-acre Goose Island is becoming a hotspot for the high-tech industry. South Street Capital recently announced plans to build a 350,000-square-foot office building at 934 N. Branch Street, right on the site of the Goose Island Boat Yard.

The $90 million project is South Street Capital’s second venture on the island. Earlier this year, the company revealed plans for a high-tech adaptive reuse project at 909 W. Bliss St., right across the street from the Boat Yard site. According to Chicago Curbed, 909 West Bliss will feature 248,000 square feet of office space, large green roofs, fitness center and indoor bike parking, and is expected to bring 500 tech jobs to the island. Additionally, developers plan to pursue LEED Certification for the building.

909 West Bliss

Both development projects are designed by Chicago-based HPA (Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture). At 934 N. Branch St., HPA plans to develop a modern building that will feature an expressed steel structure clad with a glass curtain wall. The six-story building will be raised above a ground level parking lot. Plans for the property also include an elevated serpentine pedestrian and bike bridge to cross the Chicago River. When completed, the bridge will provide easy access to the over-crowded Milwaukee and Ogden Avenues.

South Street’s office campus is not the first high-tech project currently being developed on Goose Island. Earlier this year, news broke that a $320 million research and manufacturing project was coming to the island. The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute operated by UI Labs is set to open at 930 W. Evergreen Ave.

Renderings courtesy of Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture