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Old January 25th, 2013, 08:40 AM   #241
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Wellp. It's starting to roll now.

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Old February 12th, 2013, 05:00 AM   #242
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West Tower will be first to go up at Wolf Point



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In Chicago’s lexicon of TLA’s (three-letter acronyms), it’s not as commonly spoken as LSD, UIC, or ORD. But in architecture circles it may soon be as well-known as SOM, or SCB. It’s bKL, the shiny new architecture firm with shiny new offices, a shiny new staff, and a couple of shiny new buildings that are going to help put it on the map.

The big commission is none other than the west tower of Wolf Point (316 North Orleans Street), the billion-dollar development on the Chicago River’s most prominent spit of land. While local NIMBY’s continue to foam at the mouth about the destruction of a surface parking lot (and their views), the developers are pushing ahead. And the first of the three towers to be built was designed by bKL.

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Old February 14th, 2013, 02:22 AM   #243
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Procedural Error Stalls Wolf Point Vote

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The Wolf Point project has hit another bump in the road.

Chicago's City Council was unable to vote today on a plan to allow a three-tower development on the riverside property because its Zoning Committee incorrectly gave public notice about when it planned to consider the controversial proposal. The committee mistakenly listed March 11 instead of Feb. 11 as the date it would convene following a late-January Plan Commission vote approving the Wolf Point plans, a city spokesman said.

The mistake wasn't corrected within 48 hours of Monday's meeting, the minimum amount of time required to provide notice about public hearings, the spokesman said. That rendered void the unanimous vote the Zoning Committee gave the Wolf Point plan on Monday. A final City Council vote on Wolf Point was expected today. Ald. Daniel Solis (25th), the chairman of the committee, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

For Wolf Point's developers, a venture between Houston-based Hines Interests L.P. and the Kennedy family, it's another delay in an approval process that stretches back at least to last May, when the group unveiled its plans for the site, a property southwest of the Merchandise Mart that juts out into the Chicago River. The project was on track for approval by November, but then Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) twice delayed a Plan Commission vote on the deal, criticizing what he said were changes to the project that weren't vetted by the public. He later swung to full support of Wolf Point after the developers revised their proposal.

The Zoning Committee is expected to re-hear the Wolf Point plan at its meeting on Feb. 26, the city spokesman said. The full City Council isn't scheduled to meet again until March 13.

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Old February 14th, 2013, 11:09 PM   #244
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any chances the tallest tower can break the supertall-mark?
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Old February 15th, 2013, 07:45 AM   #245
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any chances the tallest tower can break the supertall-mark?
I doubt it. They're already having trouble getting this approved with all of these small hiccups. I think it'll stay as is.
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Old February 15th, 2013, 09:20 AM   #246
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any chances the tallest tower can break the supertall-mark?
It's not impossible if the area NIMBYs who oppose three towers could be placated with just two, with one going much higher. But that's very unlikely since we're so close to approval. If that blows up for some reason, anything is possible!
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Old February 15th, 2013, 01:50 PM   #247
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2 taller towers will cast longer shadows in the city, so I'm not sure if that would be better.
If they stick to the current 3, we may have to wait for the final design and we'll know the height.
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Old May 9th, 2013, 12:54 PM   #248
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Westernmost Wolf Point Residential tower will go first:



Wolf Point construction starts July 31

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8-May-13 – The first of three towers at Chicago’s Wolf Point will start to take shape on July 31, according to the building’s architects.

Thomas Kerwin of bKL Architecture says plans for a groundbreaking ceremony have not been announced. bKL designed the 525-foot, 510-unit residential tower that will be the first building constructed – which should take about 22 months, according to Kerwin. James McHugh Construction Company of Chicago and Clark Construction Company, based in Lansing, Michigan, will be working together as general contractors

On February 26, the Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards approved a zoning reclassification that will let developers build the tower on the west side of Wolf Point. The tower will cost $175 million and create 400 construction jobs, according to Jack George, an attorney for Houston-based Hines Interests L.P., developer of the 3.85-acre site on land owned by the Kennedy family. The project will eventually include a 950-foot south tower and a 750-foot east tower that will both contain a mix of office, retail, and residential space.

Friends of Wolf Point, a vocal critic of the project that was concerned that the increase in traffic would overwhelm their neighborhood, appears to have moved on. The group’s website was recently taken down although the domain name they registered last year does not expire until 2015.

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Old May 9th, 2013, 11:18 PM   #249
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They are wasting little time.
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Old July 22nd, 2013, 08:27 PM   #250
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Any updates on this?
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Any updates on this?
Residential West Tower begins construction soon. The rest await financing/tenants.
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Old July 23rd, 2013, 04:54 AM   #252
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Wolf Point construction starts July 31
Sadly, this is a very conservative box. This isn't 1970, people.
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Old July 23rd, 2013, 05:48 AM   #253
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Sadly, this is a very conservative box. This isn't 1970, people.
Thus, this isnt a box with a 1970 look. A (rather conservative) box, yes, but a modern box.
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Old July 25th, 2013, 07:55 PM   #254
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Well, this is the town that gave us so many Mies boxes. Chicago will always have a soft spot for these designs I guess.

Better than the alternative: http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2...t-proposal.php
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Old July 25th, 2013, 09:18 PM   #255
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Well, I love this design
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Old September 4th, 2013, 12:01 AM   #256
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City Permits Issued For Western Tower Caissons


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Old September 4th, 2013, 10:34 PM   #257
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NIMBYs Vs. Kennedys In Wolf Point Smackdown


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Wolf Point opponents allege special treatment for Kennedys

In its latest salvo against the planned Wolf Point development, nearby condominium owners accuse the city of Chicago of bending its own rules to benefit the Kennedy family, the longtime owner of the riverside land.

Lawyers for Residences at Riverbend residents, responding to a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against the city, said they can “describe in voluminous detail how the city of Chicago effectively suspended its zoning standards and regulations in order to benefit a politically connected family.”

The jab does not specifically name Chris Kennedy, son of the late Robert F. Kennedy, who along with Houston-based Hines Interests L.P. plans a mixed-use, three-tower development at the confluence of the Chicago River's north and south branches.

Mr. Kennedy, whose family has owned most of the 3.9-acre riverside site since 1945, said the suit will not stop the impending launch of the first phase of the $1 billion-plus development, a 507-unit apartment building and parking garage. Following a series of public meetings, the developers early this year gained city approval to move forward.

“It's a nuisance suit with no merit,” Mr. Kennedy said. “We're proceeding. We'll begin construction in the next five or six weeks. The city continues to give us permits. It's not going to slow us down.”

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Prep work has begun for the West Tower: http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2...west-tower.php

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That's great news. Chicago is gaining momentum again
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At Long Last, Paw Prints At Wolf Point


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Construction has finally started on the billion-dollar residential and office complex at Wolf Point. Fences are up, and dirt is moving as work begins on bKL Architecture’s west tower. Our Fulton River Spy sent in photographic proof.

It’s been a long time coming.

How long? Well, think of it this way— When the City of Chicago approved the development of Wolf Point, Richard Nixon was the president of the United States.

Now after numerous proposals, drawings, announcements, and court challenges, something is finally happening at Wolf Point.

This first phase of the project includes a 493-foot-tall residential tower, and parking developed by Magellan Development and designed by friends-of-the-blog, bKL Architecture. Like River Point, under construction on the other side of the river, it also includes a public park which is to be completed before the tower portion.

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