Sales to launch Thursday at eco18 in the South Loop

Caption We’re anxiously awaiting some larger renderings for eco18, a new condo project in the South Loop. In the meantime, we’ll pass along the news that a sales center and model open Thursday, June 7 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m at 1830 S Wabash Ave.

The project, a 12-story tower from Dynaprop Development Corp., will be built up the street at 1818 S Wabash Ave.

This is the first large-scale condo development in the city to seek LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, Dynaprop president Rick Turner says in a statement. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a national rating system that measures sustainability in building.

The project’s green features include a geothermal energy system with pipes 450 feet underground. It functions much like the basement of a house, which is naturally cool in the summer and warm in the winter, according to Turner.

Almost half of the hot water will be heated by solar panels on the roof, which will also have a 12,000-square-foot garden to reduce heat emissions. The insulation and plumbing are designed to conserve energy and water. And a limited number of parking spaces will be set aside for condo owners with hybrid cars.

The building – from what we’ve gathered so far without seeing the bigger pictures – seems fairly traditional. Chicago architecture firm Wight & Company’s designs call for a stone facade ornamented with an octagonal turret and recessed balconies with wrought-iron railings. The building will have 93 condos and 9,000 square feet of ground-floor retail that residents will be able to access without going outside.

Units will have one to two-plus bedrooms and one to two bathrooms, and range from 809 to 1,583 square feet. Interior finishes include 9.5-foot ceiling heights, stainless steel appliances, Moen faucets and granite or limestone counters. Some units have nooks that provide space for a home office.

Pre-construction prices start from the mid $200s to the upper $500s. Heated garage parking is $29,900.

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