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Old December 26th, 2006, 07:42 PM   #1
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South Loop and Printers Row Development News

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Old January 1st, 2007, 10:37 PM   #2
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1600 MP site prep

Noticed 2 cranes on the 1600 MP site today.
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Old January 5th, 2007, 05:13 PM   #6
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This and the Jazz Showcase closing is very sad news.
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Old January 5th, 2007, 10:43 PM   #7
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Bringing it back to vibrating pile drivers, do these things still use some degree of hammering impact? The piles going in for Burnham Pointe aren't making near as much nise as the ones for 900 S. Clark. They seem to almost slide into the ground, but they still give them a few powered whacks on the way down. Or does that just mean the ground is really loose in the spots they've done so far?
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Old January 6th, 2007, 01:04 AM   #8
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Good news

http://www.nearwestgazette.com/Archi...story0107e.htm

Courthouse goes condo

By Marie Balice Ward


The vacant building at 1340 S. Michigan Ave., which was erected in 1922 as a furniture company and served most recently as the Cook County Domestic Violence Court before the court moved to 555 W. Harrison St. in 2005, soon will experience yet another of several metamorphoses when it is converted to condominiums.

The classic revival building’s white terra cotta façade “will be preserved,” vowed Sebastian Sobieski, an agent with Realty Group, which has teamed with Concept Developers on the project.

The façade boasts non-structural terra cotta columns topped by elaborate capitals that rise on either side of recessed windows. The building’s ornate cornice also is in the classic revival style, and the roof offers impressive panoramic views.

“We plan to renovate the building’s façade and create loft style condominiums, possibly with overhanging balconies on the sides of the building,” Sobieski said. “We anticipate there will be 55-plus units that will be from 1,000 to 1,300 square feet in size. There might also be terraces on the building’s third floor.”

Sobieski’s group is “working with architects to develop a design and floor plans,” he said. Renovations may add “a couple of stories for penthouse units without interfering with the façade.”

Project architects Hartshorne + Plunkard, based in Chicago, specialize in adaptive reuse, historical preservation, and planning for single- and multi-unit residential properties.

The lofts will have 12 foot ceilings, open brick walls, and exposed electrical and ventilation systems. Sobieski suggested the building will appeal to young professionals who have lived in the area more than five years and are ready for a change of scenery.

Work is expected to begin in early 2007. The sales office currently at 1326 S. Michigan Ave. will move to accommodate construction of a second, adjacent project at 1330 S. Michigan Ave., Concept Developers’ and Realty Group’s Azure Towers. A new 18-story glass-enclosed highrise, Azure Towers will offer luxury amenities such as state of the art safety systems, a landscaped roof, a residents-only fitness center, and an entertainment room with direct access to the rooftop park.
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Old January 6th, 2007, 03:50 AM   #9
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I may be crazy, but i haven't heard any talk about this project. This article says they already broke ground in november. This project reminds us how many architectural styles there are to learn from and adapt beyond the typical glassy skyscraper we see so much of these days.

http://www.nearwestgazette.com/Archi...story0107c.htm
Chinese-themed hotel, condo complex planned

By Lisa R. Jenkins



Developers Peter Siu and See Y. Wong of Wabash Properties recently unveiled plans for Chicago’s first-ever Chinese themed hotel and condominium complex. The Imperial Court Plaza Hotel will go up on the site of a vacant lot at 2150 S. Clark St. in Chinatown. The 15-story hotel will provide 20,000 square feet of retail space and more than 150 hotel rooms and executive suites.

“The Imperial Court will be unique, in that each part of the hotel will reflect a particular period in Chinese culture,” Wong said.

Designs for the top three or four floors will be inspired by the Tang dynasty (618-781 A.D.), with the middle floors devoted to the Sung dynasty (960-1279 A.D.) and the bottom floors to the Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644). All artwork and furniture will be custom made in China.

“Chinatown is in major need of a hotel," Wong said. "And with its location so close to McCormick Place, I expect lots of conventioneers from Hong Kong, China, and Japan to stay at the Imperial Court Plaza Hotel.”

Construction will begin this summer or fall, and Wong said the result will have “a five-star hotel feel” with “reasonable” four-star prices.

Wong started his real estate career in 1987 and in 1988 founded Richland Realty, for which he currently serves as president and managing broker. Richland predominantly serves Chinatown, Bridgeport, and McKinley Park.

Wong specializes in land acquisition, planning, and marketing and has developed numerous successful residential projects. He also is CEO of Richland Mortgage Co., which offers custom financial solutions for residential and commercial real estate. The company operates eight Chicago-area branches, is licensed in six states, and lent upward of $300 million.

Wong’s community activities include serving as vice-chairman of the Hong Kong Club of Chicago in the early 1990s. He also founded the Young China Club, a non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating networking between young professionals and entrepreneurs in various industries.

He received former Illinois Governor George Ryan’s Award for Leadership in Business and Economic Development for connecting the Illinois and Hong Kong communities. Wong also co-founded the American Metro Bank, where he served as chairman from 1997 to 1999; he currently serves on its executive board. Wong also is a managing partner of the Hotel De Supreme in Dong Guan, China.

Although Chicago's Chinatown has a long history, the Imperial Court Plaza Hotel will be a first for the community.

The first Chinese immigrants arrived in Chicago in the 1870s after other Chinese had settled in California, Oregon, and Washington. T C. Moy arrived in 1878 and is considered the city’s first Chinese immigrant. After determining Chicagoans were more accepting of the Chinese than people on the Pacific Coast, he settled here and urged his family and friends still living in China to join him. Soon, more than 80 fellow Chinese had relocated to America.

The largest influx of Chinese came in the 1950s and 1960s, after Communists took over mainland China in 1948.

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Old January 8th, 2007, 04:58 PM   #10
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Courthouse goes condo

This is great news. I hadn't realized that the developers of Azure had aquired the courthouse. 14th Street will be hopping in the next year or so with MP1400, Michigan Avenue Tower 2, the 2 projects on Wabash and Reebe Lofts on State.

Anyone know the history of this buidling prior to the County Courthouse?
These are some poor shots but it give a sence of the building

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Old January 8th, 2007, 11:44 PM   #11
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^It was originally the Interior Furniture Company building. Preservation Chicago has some info on their website:

http://www.preservationchicago.org/c...cuitcourt.html

You can also download a .pdf that has even more info.
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Old January 9th, 2007, 11:15 PM   #12
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http://www.midwestconstructionmag.co...ng/default.asp

24-Story Apartment Planned for South Loop

Chicago-based Amli Residential has broke ground on a 24-story apartment tower with 440 rental residences at 900 S. Clark St. in Chicago's South Loop. Project costs were not released.

Located on 2.2-acres at Clark Street and Roosevelt Road, the tower is part of the 22-acre LaSalle Park, a master-planned, mixed-use community combining Amli's rental property, condominiums, 420,000 sq. ft. of retail developed by Centrum Properties, a Target store and a new public park.

The tower was designed using glass, aluminum, poured concrete and stucco.

Exterior color will be used to highlight some building elements.

Plans call for a mix of studio, convertible, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, with a combination of soft-loft finishes and traditional styles. Most apartments will feature balconies. Rental rates, not yet finalized, are expected to range from $1,300 for studios to $2,400 for three-bedrooms.

The residential mix is designed to appeal to young professionals, graduate students, downtown workers and staff at the nearby Illinois Medical District, including those renting with roommates. Property amenities include a parking garage, a large fitness center, internet café, rooftop party room, four seasons room and outdoor roof deck.

Chicago-based Solomon, Cordwell, Buenz and Associates is the architect.
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Old January 10th, 2007, 04:31 AM   #13
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I got confirmation this afternoon that East-West University has purchased the Wabash side of the Park 1000 PD. However, the person I talked with didn't know the details, so I'm not clear exactly how the property will be divided up or how that restructures the PD. East-West doesn't really know their plans yet. I was rather surprised that East-West had that kind of money--and thought that was the best use of it.
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Old January 10th, 2007, 05:37 AM   #14
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Old January 13th, 2007, 12:17 AM   #15
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Here's where the 1327 S Wabash arch is going

http://www.globest.com/news/821_821/.../152087-1.html

Columbia Lease Opens Door to Another Build
By Robert Carr


Columbia College, founded in 1890 as a communications school for women, has purchased many historic properties in the South Loop, and now looks to expand its properties with leases and new buildings. While the student population is at 11,000 and growing, the college plans to build a new media production center and 14-story multifamily center, as well as recently taking three floors in the 218 S. Wabash office building.

The college signed a 10-year lease for 34,000 sf in the building, north of the core campus that includes 11 buildings along Michigan and Wabash, from Congress to Roosevelt. The college will put ancillary services, such as administrative workers, on floors seven through nine.

“We have to maximize the space for the college main campus,” a college spokeswoman tells GlobeSt.com. “The main thing we’re supposed to be doing is teaching students. Because we continue to grow, we continue to need more classroom space.”

The college has also generated a little negative press recently, with the announcement that it is forcing blues king Buddy Guy to shut his nightclub Legends. The college owns the building, and has been trying to move out Guy from the two-story building on Eighth and Wabash that he’s occupied since 1989. The college plans a 14-story dorm on the site.

“The land was donated to us in 1999, and they were grandfathered into the lease,” the spokeswoman says. “At the time we made it clear that we were razing the building. At that time Buddy said he had no place to go, so we signed another two-year lease that expires May 31. We’re trying to be flexible.”

Also, the college recently selected four architecture firms to interview for a design commission for the college’s proposed 42,000-sf media production center. The building will be built at the southwest corner of 16th Street and State on a vacant lot currently owned by the city of Chicago. The design will preserve a 25-foot arch from the facade of the current building at 1327 S. Wabash that bears the inscription “Famous Players Lasky Corp.,” the parent company of Paramount Pictures.

US Equities represented Columbia in the recent lease. The spokeswoman says she could not reveal the lease rate, and most brokers don’t keep data on the South Loop. The building owner will be providing rehab and build-out for the space. She also did not say how much the college is spending in its expansion plans, though she said it will be a multimillion project.
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Old January 13th, 2007, 12:30 AM   #16
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[QUOTE=spyguy;11278720]http://www.globest.com/news/821_821/.../152087-1.html

Columbia Lease Opens Door to Another Build
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Also, the college recently selected four architecture firms to interview for a design commission for the college’s proposed 42,000-sf media production center. The building will be built at the southwest corner of 16th Street and State on a vacant lot currently owned by the city of Chicago. The design will preserve a 25-foot arch from the facade of the current building at 1327 S. Wabash that bears the inscription “Famous Players Lasky Corp.,” the parent company of Paramount Pictures.
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Well I like being proven wrong on this one. I couldn't believe that the rescued facade of the Laskey Film Editing building would ever see the light of day. This along with the saved county court house building are two good examples of preservation at work in the South Loop. I met the owner of the building as he was moving out and he told me that this block of South Wabash use to be rich with Film editing and Movie reproduction houses - His family had bought the building from Laskey in the 50s. So it's very cool that the Columbia Communication School had the appreciation to include this in their building design.
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Old January 13th, 2007, 06:32 PM   #17
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The college has also generated a little negative press recently, with the announcement that it is forcing blues king Buddy Guy to shut his nightclub Legends. The college owns the building, and has been trying to move out Guy from the two-story building on Eighth and Wabash that he’s occupied since 1989. The college plans a 14-story dorm on the site.
Wow... a 14-story dorm? I thiought they were going to knock it down and use it as a surface lot for many years before buildign a campus center there. Maybe the demand for housing was just too much. Great news!
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Old January 13th, 2007, 08:05 PM   #19
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I think the GlobeSt story is wrong. Columbia's Master Plan calls for a Campus Center at 8th and Wabash. As part of the planning, Valerio Dewalt Train did a diagram showing what various floors would be used for, and I've even seen a rendering they did of a very avant-garde building--though no architect has been chosen.

In addition to the Dwight Building project, remember that the Buckingham Building is under conversion to student residences. Alicia Berg has told me that they have developers approach them all the time about building student housing.
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Old January 15th, 2007, 01:32 AM   #20
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What (if anything) is being planned for the parking lot south of the University Center, just west of the former Dexter Building, between Harrison and Balbo?

I'm looking forward to the day when State is one continuous streetwall from Chicago Ave. to Polk.
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