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Old November 12th, 2011, 05:46 AM   #1
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CHICAGO | Optima Center Chicago | 42 fl | Com

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Floor count: 42
Location: East Illinois and North St. Clair
Neighborhood: Streeterville
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Architect: David Hovey
Developer: Optima, Inc. and DeBartolo Development LLC


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Celebrated Architect David Hovey's Streeterville Debut

Thursday, November 10, 2011, by Kevin Dickert



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Chicago Real Estate Daily reported that the architect/developer David Hovey had purchased a parcel at St. Clair and Illinois streets. Back in February, Curbed mused on what he may have in store for the site. For those of us waiting with baited breath for a glimpse of Hovey's design, spyguy at Skyscraperpage.com, naturally, has come through. The sheer, boxy apartment tower is in the range of 40 stories and features a cantilever near the top. It will contain 325 units and a retail element.

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^Funny. I actually wrote that article in Curbed.
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Old November 13th, 2011, 06:15 PM   #3
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Old November 16th, 2011, 10:39 PM   #4
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This building has secured financing:
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Old November 22nd, 2011, 02:21 PM   #5
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NIMBYs Question Proposed Optima Tower

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We mentioned briefly last week that Crain’s Chicago Business reported that the stalled apartment building development at 200 East Illinois Street finally has the financial green light. The 42-story tower will be sandwiched between Avenue East (160 East Illinois Street), the new Ronald McDonald House, and The Fairbanks (280 East Illinois Street).

Hours later we received an e-mail from our Streeterville Spy with a letter that local NIMBY group SOAR (Seniors Opposed to Anything, Really) sent to the developer, Optima, earlier in the month.

The letter contains a list of SOAR’s demands for the new building, the design of which SOAR admits it hadn’t even seen at the time the letter was written. (But we have — see the image at the top of the article.)

Here’s what SOAR wants:
•The Illinois Street-facing side should be bright, with artwork and light and stuff.
•The stairs from Lower North Saint Clair Street to Upper East Illinois Street should be replaced.
•Care should be taken to make sure that cabs don’t clog the roundabout at the intersection of Upper East Illinois Street and Upper North Cityfront Plaza Drive.
•The loading dock “must be aesthetically pleasing.”
•Headlights from the parking levels should not bother the patients in the neighboring Ronald McDonald House.

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Old November 22nd, 2011, 03:01 PM   #6
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SOAR isn't the usual half wit I want a suburb in the city malcontent do nothings and in fact deserve a nod from pro-development contingents.
If fact they deserve a nod from pro-development contingents for being a model to other groups as the most progressive neighborhood development coalition in the city.

They embraced the the height and density of The Spire along with other towers over the last decade. As seems to be in this case they have usually saved their criticism in advocating for better design of new proposals for which their neighborhood and the city could certainly use more of.

Criticisms and name calling for the many other neighborhood organizations that want to continuously cut the height of new buildings where density makes sense while requiring three parking spaces for every new unit yet complain about more new traffic coming to their neighborhood.
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lol that tower completely blocks the view of the building behind it. xD
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Lower Illinois - the windows are a welcome addition to an otherwise desolate area.








Optima - from site prep to today
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Hello friends and skyscraperfans,

here comes my video for the Optima Center :



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVTrMUWdieQ

Music: Talla 2XLC And Robert Burian - Dynamo (Original Mix)

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Thx for the video Andy - always a treat.
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