Three years ago, the village of Lemont and The Marquette Companies joined together to promote the Lemont Downtown Redevelopment Project. It’s unusual for a developer and a small town to co-promote a development, but the city leaders felt that the vision for their downtown deserved a unique type of project.
“When we first started this project, the town had kind of a ‘show me’ attitude,” says project manager Art Betuzzi. “But now that the lofts are a reality, there is a real air of excitement.”
When complete, the four buildings will house lofts ranging from studios to three-bedrooms, including one building containing only duplex units. The studios and one- to three-bedroom residences range in size from 836 square feet to just under 2,000 square feet and are priced from $219,900 to $495,000, with one exception – a three bedroom residence priced at $628,000 and containing 2,323 square feet.
The four buildings are built around a 262-car parking facility, and each unit is allocated one free parking space.
“The design process for this project was somewhat unique,” says Chris Payne, a principal with Sullivan Goulette, the project’s architecture firm. “The exterior is what I would call a ‘new urbanist’ aesthetic in that it tries to get away from the Chicago styles of architecture by incorporating architectural cues such as motif and stone work from some of Lemont’s older historical structures.”
Payne goes on to explain that the “loft” characteristics of the interiors are not consistent. “Some units are almost completely finished, while others are true all-concrete with completely open designs,” he says.