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Old August 8th, 2005, 11:52 PM   #1
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Lincoln Park Development News

Does anyone heard when they are suppose to start demolitioning Columbus Hospital? Also does anyone know when the contruction is suppose to start on the three residential buildings on Lakeview Avenue?
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Old August 9th, 2005, 12:17 AM   #2
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Good question.

I don't know what happened to this development. I always just assumed that it fell by the wayside
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Old August 9th, 2005, 04:45 AM   #3
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i have no idea what the staus of this one is. we haven't heard anything from it in quite a while now. it's either dormant or gone for good.
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Old November 15th, 2005, 05:31 AM   #4
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the commonwealth building isn't new. It's just a former rental building going condo. I don't know if we should include such projects.
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Old November 15th, 2005, 05:52 AM   #5
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I didn't know that. Your right, there are too many of these converisons. I try to focus on new construction.
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Old November 15th, 2005, 06:44 PM   #6
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When are three building suppose to start contruction that are plan on the Columbus Hospital
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Old December 14th, 2005, 02:52 PM   #7
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Condo tower proposed for Waveland site
http://www.suntimes.com/output/busin...fin-lsd14.html
December 14, 2005

BY DAVID ROEDER Business Reporter Advertisement

Condominium developer American Invsco Corp. has settled a more than three-year zoning fight with the city and today will propose a 28-story building for Lake Shore Drive at Waveland.

The rare open acreage on Lake Shore Drive also would get 16 low-rise town houses. The development would arise immediately east of the existing condo high-rise called the New York at 3660 N. Lake Shore Drive.

Invsco's zoning attorney, Jack Guthman, and a spokeswoman for the company confirmed details of the project. While it needs zoning approval from the City Council, they said the design reflects an agreement between the developer, the city's zoning lawyers and neighborhood interests, including Ald. Helen Shiller (46th).

The settlement ends a lawsuit Invsco Chairman Nicholas Gouletas filed after the city adopted restrictive zoning on the property in 2000, in effect taking away any potential for a high-rise. The so-called downzoning changed rules that previously allowed for a 44-story building.

Alex Karras, spokeswoman for Invsco, said that if the city approves the project and it registers enough condo pre-sales, construction could start in late 2006. She said prices of the units haven't been set.

Shiller and the city's Law Department could not be reached for comment. The project will be introduced at today's City Council meeting, which triggers a hearing process that includes the Chicago Plan Commission.

Invsco said the high-rise will contain 211 units and be placed to minimize blockage of Lake Michigan views for residents of the New York. Invsco has completed a condo conversion of the New York.

At one point, the city tried to hold Gouletas to building nothing taller than 45 feet, or about four stories. "That was about as deep a downzoning as anybody ever has done," Guthman said.

Developers have gotten more aggressive about challenging the fairness of municipal zoning decisions.
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There is a rendering of Waveland site in Chicago forum @ SSP. Can anyone post it here? Thanks.
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Old December 14th, 2005, 05:49 PM   #8
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its about time we see some current highrise developmets in that area. i want to see the Lincon Park surrounded by highrises in a simulare fasion as grantpark. theres already a solid highrize wall on the south and spotted along the west side . but would love to see that west side fill in alot more ans the northend too. mabey ever better interconnect the coastal skyline with lakeveiw. so all you see are highrises from irvingpark to ceremak

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Old December 14th, 2005, 07:20 PM   #9
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^ I agree I would like to see more highrise development running along / west of LP. Actually would like to see further Highrise development run from Old town up through LP surrounding LF also a westward movement of HIghrises ie a densification if you will west to at least broadway preferably Halsted in LP maybe even further west...I know there are several highrise there already but I'd like to see more dense development
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Old December 14th, 2005, 08:23 PM   #10
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This area isnt the Lincoln Park NEIGHBORHOOD anymore. Technically, the green space across the street is Lincoln Park (I think it is tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball fields, etc. and then the golf course to the North). Belmont Harbor is to the South. Lincoln Park really tapers off at Diversey where the park ends on the west side of lake shore drive. A comparison to Grant Park is really not fair. Most people would see it from Lake Shore Drive and they wouldnt see it until they wre up close to it. But, I am always for more development in the city. In this scenario, I like it because it is Lake Shore Drive and I like the wall of highrises there to block Lake Shore Drive from the "neighborhood". Lincoln Park and Lakeview are well known for the urban neighborhood feel with the many mature trees on the streets, old classic three-flats, and quieter atmosphere that you dont find closer to the city or on Lake Shore Drive. High rises West of the streetwall on Lake Shore Drive (North of Diversey) and Lincoln Park (South of Diversey) would take away from the feel that comes to the neighborhood. The exception to this is the major streets as long as they dont pass Halsted. The city does a great job enforcing this. We can't let our eyes get too big and try to change such a great neighborhood. Although, I am not a big fan of the four plus ones. They should be replaced with three/four-flats.

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Old December 14th, 2005, 09:01 PM   #11
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Here's some news on a new twist in the relocation of Children's Hospital. Sounds promising. From Roeder's Wednesday Sun-Times column:

Children's Memorial, DePaul talks reported

December 14, 2005

BY DAVID ROEDER SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST

In a potential blockbuster of a deal between two Lincoln Park fixtures, Children's Memorial Hospital is said to be negotiating for property owned by DePaul University. The talks, reported by two sources, would let Children's expand while keeping it in the same neighborhood. It also apparently would let DePaul cash in on excess property or perhaps move an academic program or two downtown.

Particulars could not be learned, but an insider familiar with Lincoln Park land dealings said DePaul owns many parcels it does not use between Sheffield and Racine, Belden to Webster.

Children's, which needs to sell or upgrade its main building at 700 W. Fullerton, has been looking at many options. They include sharing space with Northwestern Memorial Hospital downtown or relocating to the West Side Medical Center District. But the DePaul deal affords Children's more options. It could set its own schedule for construction as fund-raising allows without having to vacate its property.

Representatives for DePaul and Children's neither confirmed nor denied talks between the institutions. "We haven't made any decision. We're still in our process,'' said Kathleen Ellis of Children's. She said the hospital hopes to make a decision in January.
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Old December 16th, 2005, 06:10 AM   #12
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Can't imagine much more highrise development in LP/Lakeview.. There just aren't many available sites..
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Old December 16th, 2005, 06:14 AM   #13
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^ build on a currently occupied site. demolish whats there and then rebuild a highrise in its place.
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Old December 16th, 2005, 06:24 AM   #14
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Commercial streets in Lincoln Park and Lakeview can surely add in more highrises, preferably near the el/subway stations.
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Old December 16th, 2005, 06:38 AM   #15
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Most of the time you cannot build a highrise higher than the existing building. That is the case on Lake Shore Drive... I am not sure what areas it applies. But I agree they should bould more highrises near the CTA stations.
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Old December 16th, 2005, 07:10 AM   #16
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So do I.

Here's Deming Row

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Old December 16th, 2005, 08:32 AM   #17
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That original article posted by LA1 is a bit cynical. I've lived within 2 blocks of that stretch of Clark at various locations for over three years. It's vibrant. Plenty of people are walking down it at all times of the day frequenting businesses, restaurants, and bars. A lot of those little restaurants are packed. Outdoor cafes are packed. I've never heard of any perception of it being "seedy." It does tend to have a sedate atmosphere compared to other popular corridors, but it isn't seedy. To call it seedy is a complete misuse of that word.
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Old December 16th, 2005, 08:55 PM   #18
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No, it definitely is not seedy. I have lived within a few blocks of there myself. I will say it is probably the ugliest part of the shopping/restaraunt/bar district in that neighborhood, so some ignorant patrons who do not know the area might perceive it as seedy based on the conditions of the sidewalk, road, etc. A lot of the shops there (between Fullerton and Diversey) are like Golden Nugger, Weiner Circle, other hot dog stands (what some people might not consider is nice as Panera, Chipotle, etc). However, they just finished a nice overlay of the street and have improved the streetscape and put a paver-pattern in the crosswalks. It is no more vibrant than before but just a little easier on the eyes. A lot of nicer newer tenants are moving in such as a nice looking Sunrise Living Center, Best Buy, and they are building nice townhouses just behind that area. I think that "seedy" comment was ignorant.
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Old December 17th, 2005, 03:56 AM   #19
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i live 2 blocks away from that strip and i can say that there are a large number of vacancies that detracts from the street life and frankly makes it a bit depressing. I can see people associating vacant storefronts with seediness ... i don't. that retail strip needs new life. Urban outfitters was threatning to leave the neighborhood about 1 1/2 years ago, but they signed a new lease. There was also a point when tower records was shutting down stores and the lincoln park location was a potential closure. East Lincoln park would be toast without Tower and urban. IMO too many of the buildings on clark are too low-rise. Many of them are only one story tall. they should be knocked down and replaced by 4 story condo buildings realistically, but seeing mid-rises line the strip would be a real treat.
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Old December 17th, 2005, 06:50 AM   #20
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I never understand why developers go for low scale development these days on streets like Lincoln or Clark in these very desirable areas.
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