1717 Ridge

General Contractor & Co-Developer

About the Development

1717 is a 175 unit apartment development located in downtown Evanston, Illinois. Two blocks from both the Metra and CTA “L” stations, 1717 offers the ideal blend of open, modern design, sleek architecture and world-class amenities in a perfect location. The 8-story building totals 150,459 GSF and includes a two-story subterranean parking structure with 196 spaces.

The project was designed with a mix of units to appeal to a broad array of resident profiles seeking Evanston’s suburban-urban lifestyle including studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom units, and three-bedroom homes.

The property sold in 2013 for a record-setting sales price.

Enhance Communities

The development of 1717 transformed a defunct condominium project into a brand-new community. The bank underwriting the project selected Focus to turn a hole in the ground, which was an eyesore next to a completed condo structure, into 1717. The property was rezoned to allow for two buildings, instead of one. Building an apartment building instead of the second condominium structure created more value onsite. We also invited the condominium owners next door to share in the apartment amenities and pool for 1717, adding more value for all residents and enhancing the total community experience. When 1717 sold, its sale price was the highest in the area at the time.

  • Completion: 2013
  • Location: Evanston, Illinois
  • Role: General Contractor and Co-Developer
  • Architect: Booth Hansen
  • Building Type: 8-Story Apartment Building
  • Square feet: 157,066
  • Units: 175
  • Learn more: https://www.1717evanston.com/

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