CHICAGO (CBS) — While many businesses in the downtown are still struggling to stay open due to the pandemic, and others remain closed, crews broke ground Thursday on a new sky-high construction project on Michigan Avenue.

Chicago-based developer Sterling Bay is building a 47-story tower at 300 N. Michigan Av., between the city’s Riverwalk and Millennium Park.

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The 523-foot glass and steel skyscraper will include 289 residential units and a 280-room hotel by Netherlands-based citizenM.

A new 47-story residential and hotel tower will be built at 300 N. Michigan Av. (Source: bKL Architecture)

Sterling Bay said the project will create more than 500 on-site construction jobs, and more than 70 permanent positions in residential and hotel operations.

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“We see this as a bright spot of positive momentum for the City of Chicago – North Michigan Avenue, in particular – which has seen its share of strife this summer,” Sterling Bay spokeswoman Julie Goudie wrote in an email.

As part of the project, Sterling Bay is paying $3.9 million into the city’s Neighborhood Opportunity Fund. The fund uses fees developers pay for large high-rise projects downtown to help boost neighborhood projects on the South and West sides. In exchange for the fees they get, developers of downtown high-rises are authorized to build larger projects than typically allowed for a particular site.

(Source: bKL Architecture)

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