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Old March 12th, 2012, 06:10 PM   #1
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CHICAGO | 435 N Park | 173m | 569ft | 49 fl | Com

Height: 194m/635ft
Floor count: 54
Location: North Park Drive and East North Water Street
Construction end: 2015
Architect: Solomon Cordwell Buenz
Developer: DRW Real Estate Investments, LLC


This is the previous site for the cancelled Waldorf Astoria tower. The new owner is planning a mixed use tower 398 apartments, 400 hotel rooms (a Loews Hotel), 298 parking spaces, and various retail/restaurant space.





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Old March 12th, 2012, 06:20 PM   #2
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Very nice! It's no Waldorf=Astoria Tower, but it'll do. Be good to have that lot finally developed.
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Old March 12th, 2012, 07:56 PM   #3
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The Waldorf Astoria tower was the coolest, such a shame it got canceled, but this will be nice too.
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Old March 13th, 2012, 06:11 AM   #4
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Love this!
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Old March 13th, 2012, 06:24 AM   #5
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Extremely disappointing. Yet another box.
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Old March 13th, 2012, 10:49 AM   #6
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Some plans:


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Old March 13th, 2012, 05:29 PM   #7
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This one definitely looking a lot more "realistic".
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Old March 13th, 2012, 05:32 PM   #8
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Did anyone else see Chicago in the thread title and get extremely excited?
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Old March 13th, 2012, 09:00 PM   #9
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Good news. The Waldorf=Astoria design was pretty cool, but perhaps we'll see it erected somewhere else.

In general I'm not in favour of boxes, but I like the details and setback terraces here.
Looks quite urban, pleasant.
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Old March 13th, 2012, 11:23 PM   #10
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Did anyone else see Chicago in the thread title and get extremely excited?
Yeah lol me too since nothing's happening in Chitown regarding buildings over 200m.
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Old March 13th, 2012, 11:59 PM   #11
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It looks awsome!!
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Old March 14th, 2012, 12:12 AM   #12
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Yeah lol me too since nothing's happening in Chitown regarding buildings over 200m.
That'll change soon enough this decade
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Old March 25th, 2012, 08:50 AM   #13
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The latest on this building: My post for Curbed:

http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2...ls-details.php
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Old March 30th, 2012, 11:10 PM   #14
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That'll change soon enough this decade
Yeah im worried about Chicago, do you think things will turn around soon ? I absolutely loved the spire, the Waldorf Astoria, and waterview, is the reason they aren't building tall buildings because the economy or something else ?
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Old March 31st, 2012, 12:18 AM   #15
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^Right now, it's all about rental and hotel buildings. The condo market is dead. Until that changes, you're not going to see any really tall buildings being proposed.
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Old March 31st, 2012, 01:12 AM   #16
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^Right now, it's all about rental and hotel buildings. The condo market is dead. Until that changes, you're not going to see any really tall buildings being proposed.
Yeah, but why wouldn't they need really tall hotels and rentals ? Isn't trump tower a hotel ?
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^Trump is part hotel and part condo, mostly condo. It also secured financing well before the condo market died.

Building a very tall building is obviously quite expensive. Rental units just can't provide the return needed to profit from that kind of investment. As for hotels, there is demand but Chicago has so many hotels that any new additions have been more moderate in scale.
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Old April 1st, 2012, 05:25 AM   #18
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^Trump is part hotel and part condo, mostly condo. It also secured financing well before the condo market died.

Building a very tall building is obviously quite expensive. Rental units just can't provide the return needed to profit from that kind of investment. As for hotels, there is demand but Chicago has so many hotels that any new additions have been more moderate in scale.
Yeah, I gotcha. Also, Trump is so rich he can build anything he wants, so he could have built trump either way.

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Plans revised to smooth approval: http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2...ised-plans.php





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Old May 16th, 2012, 10:13 AM   #20
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NIMBY Shocker!

Neighbors Want TALLER Skyscrapers In Streeterville


435 N. Park Dr. C.A.I.

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The new apartment and hotel tower planned for 435 North Park Drive in Streeterville is evolving, and moving closer to reality.

Responding to the concerns of neighbors, changes have been made to the as-yet unbranded hotel inside the as-yet unnamed building. For the most part, those changes are minor, and perhaps reflecting the neighborhood’s growing comfort with being the glass tower capital of Chicago, a recent public meeting on the building was actually moved to a smaller space than originally planned, and there was still room to spare. By the numbers, there is little different to note. Parking has been increased from 219 spaces to 230. And the maximum height has been reduced from 670 feet to 635.

That reduction in height is interesting because it’s not something the community appears to have asked for. Even NIMBY group SORE (Senior Overlords of Real Estate) thinks the building should be taller, and it is known for killing a number of recent nearby skyscrapers because of their heights. As one woman put it at a recent community meeting, “For the most part, a lot of people around here don’t care about the height of a building anymore. A lot of people care about how it looks — the design. How it fits into the area.”

The previous building approved for this location was going to be 1,200 feet tall. The building design now being pitched by developer DRW Investments and architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz is about half that. SORE points out that if the building was taller, it could be narrower, which would make it look better, block less light, and ruin fewer people’s views.

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