Checking out the roof at 914 West Hubbard

Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily recently reported that a 24-unit apartment building at 914 W Hubbard in West Town had been refinanced with a $6.7 million loan. The previous loan had been in foreclosure.

According to Chicago’s Building Data Warehouse the property recently received a permit to convert the existing 22-unit building to 24 units, the number for which it was originally permitted.

The building has been cited repeatedly for building code violations for apparently not returning city inspector phone calls or providing roof access to arrange a refrigeration inspection. The most recent citation was issued on October 30 of last year, which was just six days after I took the above shot from the roof of the new K2 apartment high-rise.

It’s impossible to be certain from the picture, but there appear to be large puddles of water in various spots throughout the roof of the building. If that was water, it’s easy to understand why an owner wouldn’t want a building inspector on the roof – and why anyone renting a top-floor apartment might want to proceed with caution.

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