Photo: Dennis Rodkin
That new hunk of eye candy that’s nearly complete at Ashland and Division started leasing apartments late last week. Popping up above all its neighbors on the old Polonia Triangle, the building, called 1611 W. Division, is an instant landmark, its 11 stories wrapped in an asymmetrical pattern of windows and reflective metal panels.
Replacing an old Pizza Hut on an A-plus corner served by the Blue Line and six bus lines, the building has 99 apartments, in configurations ranging from studio to two-bedroom, as well as assorted amenities and flourishes intended to fit it right into the arty Ukrainian Village/Wicker Park milieu. Among them: An outdoor gallery wall 100 feet high, a big bike garage—but almost no car parking—and sleek, contemporary interiors.
Rents run from $1,495 to $3,295, according to Rob Buono, a partner in the development team. That’s considerably higher than the $995 to $2,600 range the developers announced in early 2012; even so, as of Tuesday “about a dozen” units were already leased, for move-ins October 1, according to Jamie McNally, an employee of the development team.
Click through the photos to tour the building and learn more about its rentals.