MOTO Apartments Final Update

Another great looking project is now complete in Capitol Hill. MOTO (Middle of Town) apartments feature 64-units over a six-story building and two ground floor retail pads. We had a total of three posts on this project, which you can visit below:

New Capitol Hill Project: 820 Sherman

Capitol Hill: MOTO Apartments Update #1

Capitol Hill: MOTO Apartments Update #2

MOTO brings some different designs to the table. It sits on two inclines: one along 8th Avenue and the other on Sherman Street, which gives the building a unique perspective when looking at it from the intersection. Along with that, the every-other-floor setbacks and dark paneling, much like its neighbor, bring a nice contrast to the surrounding buildings.

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The four-stories of apartments sit on a two-story podium, which is used for parking and ground floor retail. Because of the sloping streets, the podium blank walls vary in elevation making them more interesting and pleasing to the eye.

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Here is a good visual of the sloping podium along 8th Avenue. Can you tell which part of the picture is truly straight?


Let’s get in closer and walk around the project. MOTO brings a design that is fairly new to Capitol Hill; industrial, which we have seen all over the River North neighborhood. It’s a refreshing change to see this design around here.

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The parking garage and ground floor retail frontage also have a very industrial look.

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MOTO, at six-stories, adds some great height and density to this area of Capitol Hill, which is dominated by surface parking lots. It also brings a refreshing design, which we have never really seen in this neighborhood, and ground floor retail to help activate this intersection. What a great win for Capitol Hill!

By | 2016-12-01T18:41:32+00:00 April 1, 2016|Categories: Capitol Hill, Infill, Residential, Urban Form|Tags: |5 Comments


  1. SPR8364 April 1, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Wow, that is really nice! Definitely a top 10 IMHO.

  2. landon April 2, 2016 at 12:20 am

    love the design, materials, and aesthetic on this one, they put in a lot of extra effort and i think it pays off

  3. Jeffrey April 2, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Very nice. Looks like high-quality construction. Some retail, also good.

  4. Freddie April 2, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    This is one I was really worried about turning out cheap and ugly based upon the renderings. It just looked weird in the renderings and I couldn’t tell exactly what I was looking at in terms of colors, materials, etc. But wow, it turned out great! Especially in-person, the construction and materials appear to be of very high quality. And the design is unique. I love it!

  5. Anthony April 5, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    I just walked by this project when meeting my wife in the area and the street presence is just fantastic. The windows along 8th open up all the way and it extends the sidewalk into the building, so the overhang doesn’t feel so much like an overhang as it does a roof.

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