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A peek inside the new Presidential Towers

by Joe Zekas on 10/9/13

I visited Presidential Towers (PT) last week in the company of David Scharfenberg, who became the General Manager of the West Loop property just shy of two years ago. During his brief tenure Scharfenberg has presided over a truly amazing number of changes, and PT now bears little resemblance to its prior state.


More than 1,400 of the property’s 2,346 apartments have been renovated, and the rest are scheduled for renovation. Changes include the replacement of carpeting with hardwood-like flooring in living areas, updated kitchens and baths, and opening kitchens to the living areas in some floor plans.

The original floor plans were fairly spacious and included closet space that may make renters in newer buildings envious. Take a close look, for example, at the closets on both sides of the entry hall in the studio unit pictured above. The property retains, of course, its great views.

A large landscaped sundeck was created in space that had previously been unused.

Interior concourses and individual building lobbies have been transformed. Different designers were chosen to create a unique look for each of the four tower lobbies.

A 28,000 square foot Walmart Neighborhood Market and a 52,000 square foot Formula Fitness Club have opened at Presidential Towers, and additional changes are underway in the retail space. Walmart delivers to PT residents and maintains extended hours for residents only.

The streets outside the complex were a lively scene at the time of my visit.

What I’ve sketched here is a very small portion of what’s taken place at PT in recent years. Many of the changes are invisible to the eye, oriented to providing a much higher level of service to residents.

Check back in a few days for a video look inside the property and more details on the makeover. In the meantime, if you’re interested in renting in the West Loop, head over there and check out PT yourself.

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