Catalyst is a 19-story, 223-unit apartment building with ground-floor retail space and 161 on-site parking spaces. It is currently under construction at 123 N Desplaines St in the West Loop, with occupancy slated for the summer of 2014. Nearly all of the retail space has been leased to a single tenant, which is rumored to be Walgreen’s.
Details of the building’s unit mix, floor plans and apartment finishes are not yet publicly available. Renderings of the project indicate that most of the units will have balconies.
Amenities, services, policies
Only preliminary information is available. Catalyst will have a rooftop pool and other 19th floor amenities, and a 4th floor outdoor deck.
Catalyst’s Near West Loop location has its pluses and minuses. The major plus, of course, is its close proximity to the Loop. The major minus is its distance, relative to other new apartment projects, from the thriving restaurant and club scene across the expressway to the west.
The location rates a Walker’s Paradise Walk Score of 97, and a Rider’s Paradise Transit Score of 100.
Parks, recreation. Green space is scarce in this part of the West Loop. The nearest park, Heritage Green, is a one-acre passive green space that offers little in the way of recreational opportunities. A few benches provide a shady outdoor respite with a view of Old St Patrick’s Church, home to what’s billed as the world’s largest block party.
Transportation. Catalyst’s location has excellent access to the city’s expressway grid. Metra’s Ogilvie Transportation Center is 3 short blocks to the northeast and Union Station is 5 blocks to the southeast.
A number of CTA bus lines criss-cross the area. The nearby Clinton Stop on the CTA’s Green and Pink Lines provides access to points west, to the Loop, and connections to other CTA train lines.
Catalyst is one of a number of new apartment projects under construction and proposed in the West Loop.
In the news
Articles on Catalyst from various sites:
Construction underway on Catalyst Catalyst breaks ground Un-arrested development: The Catalyst Marquette plans apartments in West Loop
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