Construction causes closures, lane changes on Ridge Avenue

Susan Du, City Editor

As construction of a new eight-story apartment complex continues, various parts of Ridge Avenue have been experiencing closures or lane changes.

Seventeen17 is planned for the construction site at 1717 Ridge Ave. The 175 unit luxury apartment complex is nearing is spring 2013 completion goal, but may continue to affect Ridge Avenue traffic throughout construction. Plans for the complex include the addition of a courtyard, pool, lounge and recreational center.

The architect for Seventeen17 is Chicago firm Booth Hansen. The company was brought on to design Seventeen17 after previous plans for the condominium complex halted during construction. The complete building will feature the use of glass, steel and brick for a modern feel, and glass corners will expand residential views of the city. Seventeen17 will aim for LEED Silver standing.

On Thursday, Ridge Avenue was reduced to one lane in each direction north of its Church Street intersection. The same intersection was affected in June when a tower crane was erected. At that time, the northbound lanes of Ridge Avenue at Church Street were completely closed.