Chicago Developer Latest to Pitch Project at North Loop's Duffey Paper Site

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Apartment construction in the North Loop has continued unabated for the past several years. At least a half-dozen projects are in the pipeline or under construction, including a mixed-use project with 450 units in a 36-story tower that was announced last week.

This plan is one of several pitched in recent years for the site. After Duffey Paper was sold to a New York-based investment firm in 2016 and the company moved its operations out of the city, the Duffey family started shopping for a buyer for the buildings.

Several local and national developers toured the buildings with architects and designers; since then at least three prospective buyers have taken a swipe at the project. The most recent was Plymouth-based Dominium, which announced plans last summer to turn the building into about 200 units of income-restricted housing. But by December the company scuttled those plans after an impasse with the city over terms related to the long-term affordability of the apartments.

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