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Old January 31st, 2011, 08:47 PM   #1
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CHICAGO | One South Halsted | 151m | 495ft | 44 fl | U/C

Height: 472'
Floor count: 46
Location: South Halsted and West Madison
Neighborhood: Near West Side (Greektown)
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Architect: FitzGerald Associates Architects
Developer: F&F Realty
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http://www.fitzgeraldassociates.net/...th-halsted.htm



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Old February 1st, 2011, 01:06 AM   #2
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So this would go in the hotel parking lot right?
looks okay, and it looks like downtown density
is really starting to leap over the highway.

What i would like to know is why in the heck
the nice old brick building is just sitting vacant
on the southwest corner of madison and halsted?



Such a nice building going to waste right there
in such a key location.

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Old February 1st, 2011, 01:57 PM   #3
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Nice residential. I like the pattern of the cladding.
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Old February 1st, 2011, 07:18 PM   #4
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The design is OK, but really glad to see something is being proposed!
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 11:04 PM   #5
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city planners want to have the entire west flank of the kennedy Expressway to have highrises. This one looks good!
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Old February 5th, 2011, 03:07 AM   #6
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That's going to be an impossible job, seeing as in that zone, there are already some historic buildings that have been converted into residential and a hotel that had already been refurbished, and I'm not tearing those down for eminent domain and air rights purposes.
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Old February 5th, 2011, 11:07 PM   #7
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Old February 7th, 2011, 05:56 PM   #8
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I'm sure these are just concept drawings, but whats up with the entire eastern elevation having no windows? That would be the side that has the best views of the downtown skyline, too...
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Old February 8th, 2011, 05:01 AM   #9
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I'm sure these are just concept drawings, but whats up with the entire eastern elevation having no windows? That would be the side that has the best views of the downtown skyline, too...
I think it's just the render. But clearly the developers are feeling quite bullish.
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Old February 8th, 2011, 07:00 AM   #10
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I do like the tower.

The podium's not too shabby. A bit large-scale, but street-friendly nonetheless.

I do like the fact that West Loop is being densified.

I like the proposed sidewalk and vegetation.

I love the fact that it's replacing a parking lot.

Now all we need is to tear down that unsightly Crowne Plaza building.

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That's going to be an impossible job, seeing as in that zone, there are already some historic buildings that have been converted into residential and a hotel that had already been refurbished, and I'm not tearing those down for eminent domain and air rights purposes.
Totally agree with you on keeping the historic buildings in the area. The proposed high-rises will have to limit themselves to current empty lots or parking lots (of which there are many in the West Loop, on both sides of 90/94), and co-exist with the historical brick buildings in a mixed-density/mixed-height district which I think would look great.

Long shot but...maybe one day this stretch of the Kennedy can be covered??
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Old February 8th, 2011, 10:41 PM   #11
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I agree with skyduster on almost all points, expect I'm not crazy about the podium and corresponding pedestrian footprint -- I think it looks a little too "Loop-ish," if you will, meaning it seems a bit formal and large for a non-business district. I would like to see the glass curtain come down a few floors lower, reduce the size of pillars, and create more of a "roof" for pedestrians (reduce the height of the lobby, as well).

Otherwise, I think the tower is pretty nice, and it's a nice infill location. Glad to see some action in an otherwise "slow" market, realizing of course, this is just a proposal.
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Old February 9th, 2011, 12:55 AM   #12
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-- I think it looks a little too "Loop-ish," if you will, meaning it seems a bit formal and large for a non-business district.
I'm okay with that
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Old February 9th, 2011, 09:04 PM   #13
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I agree with skyduster on almost all points, expect I'm not crazy about the podium and corresponding pedestrian footprint -- I think it looks a little too "Loop-ish," if you will, meaning it seems a bit formal and large for a non-business district. I would like to see the glass curtain come down a few floors lower, reduce the size of pillars, and create more of a "roof" for pedestrians (reduce the height of the lobby, as well).

You're totally right, it is a bit Loop-ish...which raises a good question:

Isn't there an unofficial long-term vision to expand the CBD into the West Loop area? I believe several publications and proposals have appreared over the years, presuming that the area has a lot of unfulfilled potential, and that various proposals -ranging from modest to very ambitious- have all aimed to tap that potential...from the Clinton Street subway, to capping the Kennedy, to proposals for an HSR rail station (either just west of Union Station or by expanding it), to real estate proposals to line 90/94 with new high-rises... It seems that several proposals see this area as a great possible extention of the CBD. Maybe if enough interests join forces to provide the funds, and the city backs them up, we might see a West Loop that's both an extended CBD and residential, centered around a capped Kennedy that's covered with a park? That would be nice.
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Old February 10th, 2011, 05:16 AM   #14
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^just one huge block is preventing any of that from happening anytime soon.... NIMBY's!!!! and their alderman...
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Old February 10th, 2011, 08:33 AM   #15
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Isn't there an unofficial long-term vision to expand the CBD into the West Loop area?
There is an official one -- the Chicago Central Area Plan.
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There is an official one -- the Chicago Central Area Plan.
How about the CBD also being somewhere not central either.
(I know sounds weird C stands for central,
but yeah how about an M for mid?)
One of our skyscrapercity posters wondered
why Uptown didnt have more commercial office buildings,
and why it wasnt Chicagos Midtown?
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Old February 11th, 2011, 02:39 AM   #17
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Well, NYC's Midtown is in a centralized location. From Midtown, you can go almost anywhere within the NYC metro area by rapid transit or commuter rail in a single ride that doesn't require transfer. Countless lines operated by either NYC Subway, PATH, NJ Transit, Metro North, and Long Island Railroad radiate outward from Midtown, actually making Midtown more accessible (without needing to transfer lines) than the Financial District especially if you're coming from Jersey/Westchester/Long Island.
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Old April 27th, 2011, 06:49 AM   #18
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Doesn't look like there will be a fight over this one

http://www.suntimes.com/business/roe...-of-reach.html

GREEKTOWN BUILDING: ...The building would be 48 stories and contain 514 units. It would be attached to a nine-story building containing parking plus space for banquets and about 10,000 square feet along Halsted Street for boutique stores.

The design is by FitzGerald Associates Architects, where principal Rich Whitney said the project should take about 14 months in the city approval process and two years after that to build. The developer is David Friedman, president of F&F Realty Ltd. in Skokie and owner of the hotel.

The West Loop Community Organization backs the project, said its executive director, Martha Goldstein. The group has taken a harder line against high-rises proposed west of Halsted.
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Old April 27th, 2011, 07:26 AM   #19
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YES!!! But damn, 14 months until they actually break ground? Well atleast it has the green light.....
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From: http://blog.chicagoarchitecture.info...e-green-light/

Another Greektown Tower Gets The Green Light



The City of Chicago’s Zoning committee has approved plans for a new skyscraper to be built at 1 South Halsted Street.

One South Halsted will be a 46-story residential apartment tower that will go up in what is now a surface parking lot for the Crowne Plaza Hotel. It’s directly across the street from the landmark Skybridge tower (1 North Halsted Street), but with its mass pushed towards the highway instead of set back from the road like Skybridge is. Architecture firm FitzGerald Associates describes it thusly:

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With spectacular views of downtown Chicago virtually guaranteed by the adjacent highway, this highly amenitized 746,400 square foot, 46-story building will contain 492 apartments along with street-level retail spaces, banquet halls, a business center, pool and health club to be shared with the adjacent 400-room Crown Plaza Hotel. In a uniquely reciprocal arrangement, the Crowne Plaza will provide hotel services such as housekeeping and room service to the tower’s residents.
One South Halsted will be the latest piece of the skyscraper wall that is intended to insulate Greektown from the noise and visual cacophony of the Kennedy Expressway. The strip of land bordering the west side of the freeway is intentionally zoned for skyscrapers to protect Greektown and the West Loop from the transportation gash.

However, some locals don’t see it that way. In public meetings for other neighborhood skyscrapers, most notably 765 West Adams, some residents stated that they feel like the skyscraper curtain cuts them off from the rest of the city, leaving them isolated. Some have said that they feel betrayed because they were led to believe that Skybridge, the first big tower in the chain, was an anomaly that wouldn’t be repeated.

That may have been the word from their real estate agents, but it’s not what the city has in mind. Urban planners decided decades ago that there would eventually be a line of skyscrapers running up the west side of the Kennedy from I-290 to North Avenue.

There are currently two other Greektown towers nearing construction: 765 West Adams, which just had its latest public hearing last week, and The Gateway, a 200+-unit residential tower that’s part of the development at 14 South Halsted.

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