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Old April 11th, 2013, 08:12 PM   #921
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New Post Office Plan Smaller But Still Really Big



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The investor who wants to redevelop the Old Main Post Office has scaled back his ambitions for the property, drawing up new plans calling for a smaller mixed-use project that would still be one of the biggest ever proposed for downtown Chicago.

Englishman Bill Davies wants to build 6,400 residential units, more than 2 million square feet of office space, 800,000 square feet of retail space and 1,240 hotel rooms in and around the vacant colossus spanning the Congress Expressway, which Mr. Davies acquired in 2009. His architect, Joseph Antunovich, rolled out the new proposal at a community meeting Tuesday night.

While that's a lot of space for the downtown real estate market to swallow, the new plan represents a step closer to reality for Mr. Davies, whose last proposal was quickly dismissed as a quixotic quest. Unveiled in 2011, the $3.5-billion project would have extended across the Chicago River and included a 120-story skyscraper, the tallest in North America.

“What we tried to do was make something that was phaseable and feasible, and something that people could get their heads around,” Mr. Antunovich, president of Chicago-based Antunovich Associates.

Mr. Antunovich has broken the project into two phases, with the first including the conversion of the post office into retail and residential space and parking. Phase One would also include a low-rise addition along the Chicago River with retail space and a 1,000-foot tower with more residential units, office space and a hotel. Mr. Antunovich estimated the first phase would cost $1.2 billion to $1.5 billion.

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Old April 11th, 2013, 08:39 PM   #922
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A very good rundown by BVictor (of SSC/SSP) who went to the project meeting the other night. I don't think he would mind me tranfering his observations........

"Olde" Post Office? Are these people even remotely serious?
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Old April 11th, 2013, 09:43 PM   #923
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Old April 11th, 2013, 10:13 PM   #924
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"Olde" Post Office? Are these people even remotely serious?
'Ye Olde Chicago Post Office'

I like the proposal. It fits well and is much more realistic. It still leaves room for the taller towers down the line. Can't complain about another 1000 footer in Chi-Town.
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Old April 12th, 2013, 12:08 AM   #925
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lol. that almost sounds like an april 1st joke.
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Old April 12th, 2013, 12:51 PM   #926
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They say it nice: New plan smaller but still really big.
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Old April 12th, 2013, 01:21 PM   #927
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They say it nice: New plan smaller but still really big.
100 floors is definitely big
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Old April 12th, 2013, 03:15 PM   #928
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Old April 13th, 2013, 05:25 AM   #929
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was this an april fools joke?
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Old April 13th, 2013, 07:14 AM   #930
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so how big?
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Old April 14th, 2013, 06:35 AM   #931
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I am starting to wonder if this is a serious proposal, Davies has been trying to build something since 2011. This project would be HUGE for Chicago
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Old April 14th, 2013, 02:03 PM   #932
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Serious yes, but is it serious enough to be built in the end? The recent article is nice news but this proposal is still kinda stalled
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Old April 14th, 2013, 07:08 PM   #933
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While a fan of the project, I'm not a huge fan of the 2,000 foot design. I wish they would choose something that didn't emulate the Sears Tower design for a bit of variety. I liked the initial proposal of the twin tower set up. We'll see how it goes.
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While a fan of the project, I'm not a huge fan of the 2,000 foot design. I wish they would choose something that didn't emulate the Sears Tower design for a bit of variety. I liked the initial proposal of the twin tower set up. We'll see how it goes.
The 2k footer looks similar to 7 South Dearborn to me. It even has 3 antennas/spires (w.e) at the top. If that's the inspiration, GREAT, but if its anything close to the Willis Tower, I would hope for a new design.


7 south Dearborn



Even looks like the world trade center, Chicago. (right)


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Old April 16th, 2013, 12:04 AM   #935
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Does this project have a final design or what?
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Old April 16th, 2013, 12:22 AM   #936
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Does this project have a final design or what?
No, not yet.
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Old April 16th, 2013, 12:51 AM   #937
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The 2k footer looks similar to 7 South Dearborn to me. It even has 3 antennas/spires (w.e) at the top. If that's the inspiration, GREAT, but if its anything close to the Willis Tower, I would hope for a new design.


7 south Dearborn



Even looks like the world trade center, Chicago. (right)

Those buildings on left a right would look huge if built.
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Old April 16th, 2013, 03:03 AM   #938
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Those two buildings were very close to being built, they even had tenants lined up.
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Old April 16th, 2013, 03:07 AM   #939
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^They are two designs made for a single proposal. The one on the left was designed by Bruce Graham and Fazlur Khan, the team that created the Sears Tower and Hancock Center. It utilized a bundled tube design, similar to the one used in the Sears building. The top floors were meant to be an observation deck and restaurant, both ~700 meters above the ground. The other building was designed by architect Harry Wesse. Both were made for developer Stanley Raskow. There were no tenants, no financing, and while extremely ambitious, were never really close to getting built.

The proposed site is now occupied by the 240m tall 300 N LaSalle building, the tallest office building to be completed in Chicago in some 20 years.

Also, that's totally my render. Y'all should credit the source properly.
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What he said! Credit any renders you guys find.
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