CHICAGO (CBS) — A $950 million skyscraper that would be the city’s third tallest was granted initial approval Thursday by the Chicago Plan Commission.
The Wanda Vista Tower, the vision of Chicago architect Jeanne Gang, would be located in Lakeshore East, along the Chicago River, and would include a five-star 210-room hotel, and more than 400 condominiums, along with restaurant and retail amenities on the upper levels.READ MORE: Police Officer Responding To Shooting, Struck By Bullet Fired By 15-Year-Old Gunshot Victim
Plans also called for a public elementary school, should the city, the Chicago Board of Education, and the Chicago Public Schools request one, by the end of June 2020.
Slated for completion in 2019, the Wanda Vista would be nearly 1,200 feet tall, making it the third tallest building in Chicago; behind only the 1,451-foot Willis Tower, and the 1,389-foot Trump Tower.
The building would consist of three interlocked towers, the tallest at 1,189 feet, with the middle tower straddling Field Boulevard.READ MORE: World's Smallest Flying Structure Developed By Northwestern Engineers
The 1.8 million-square-foot tower also would include connections to a nearby park, Upper Wacker Drive, and the Chicago Riverwalk, which itself has undergone a major renovation in recent years.
The project still requires approval from the City Council, which must sign off on necessary zoning changes for the tower.
Approval by the City Council is considered likely, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel already has announced his support of the project.
Backed by leading Chinese real estate developer Wanda Group, owned by China’s richest man, Wang Jianlin, the deal would be the largest real estate investment by a Chinese firm in Chicago.MORE NEWS: Ed's Driveway: Volkswagen ID.4
Construction of the skyscraper would create more than 2,000 jobs. Once completed, more than 500 permanent jobs would be created, according to the mayor’s office.