A new office building is going up on the east side of River Drive starting in late December or early January, according to architect Anthony Houtz of CTA Architects Engineers.
“The main floor tenant is a bank, and then there will be other professional services up above it,” said Houtz, who added that the bank tenant won’t be ready to go public until the building’s groundbreaking. The three-story office building will have a little over 21,000 square feet across from Mackenzie River Pizza. The building’s unique shape is dictated by its triangular lot and the presence of the nearby railroad tracks, and design was based on the area’s traffic patterns, the shape of the lot and the bank’s drive-thru needs.
Aesthetically, Houtz said the structure will harmonize with the presence of the river and the railroad tracks as well as other buildings in the area. “We want to fit it into the neighborhood,” Houtz said. “We want to reflect the nature of the existing context and interpret it in a contemporary manner.”