Chicago deal of the day: Free parking at eco18


Condo buyers at eco18, a 12-story green building planned for the South Loop, can for a limited time get a free parking space valued at $18,900 – a place to stash the Prius on the days they walk to nearby el or Metra trains.

That’s assuming they take green cred seriously, which is likely if they’ve plunked down $249,900 to $649,900 for a condo at eco18. Environmentally friendly features of the 93-unit building, which will also have 9,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, include a solar thermal hot water system, a green rooftop garden and heating and cooling run by a geothermal energy system that uses pipes drilled 450 feet into bedrock.

Condo owners stand to save about 40 percent in energy costs compared to a traditional building, according to Rick Turner, president of Dynaprop Development Corp, the company behind the project. Dynaprop will seek LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council, a Washington nonprofit that sets national standards for eco-friendly building.

Jameson Realty Group, the marketing agent, reports that the building is 25 percent sold.

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