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Old July 30th, 2005, 04:10 AM   #81
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Loving the setback from the river. This will add to the riverwalk/ riverbank plazas nicely. Chicago's other shoreline is comming along quite nicely. Lets keep it going.
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Old July 30th, 2005, 04:25 AM   #82
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Maybe it's just the massing, but it really reminds me of 181 West Madison. If this dude used to work in Pelli's office, there could be a little influence there.

Either way, I'm just happy to be getting some office space in River North.
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Old July 30th, 2005, 07:01 PM   #83
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Yeah, I'm not sure that I would start drawing comparisons to NBC Tower just yet... this project looks MUCH glassier. It might be the few buttresses protruding from the roofline that are catching everyone's eyes.
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Old July 30th, 2005, 09:21 PM   #84
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It's good to see a touch of office in River North--it gives River North more of a mixed-use function while still keeping the office space near the transit-heavy loop.

This building will also add to the LaSalle St streetwall north of the river--something that continues to contain gaps. According the the Central Area Plan, LaSalle St north of the river will mainly contain luxury residential, as the city (in their own words) proclaimed that they want LaSalle to eventually become Chicago's version of Park Avenue.
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Old July 30th, 2005, 10:27 PM   #85
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This building will also add to the LaSalle St streetwall north of the river--something that continues to contain gaps.
That's a really good point. Dearborn and State have both gained a stronger streetwall in the past few years. Even if it is just the addition of painted concrete residential towers, the dynamic of, say, taking the el down Lake Street and looking north has changed dramatically of late. The Loop doesn't drop off at the river any more. Little by little the skyscape is gaining interest and depth. A few good projects to inject some street level interest and the River North could start to get interesting again.
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Old July 30th, 2005, 11:30 PM   #86
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You can see La Salle as Chicago's Park Avenue. We talking the whole stretch too, from North Avenue to Jackson. Its just that area south of Chicago to the River that needs more development.
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Old July 31st, 2005, 02:12 AM   #87
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Agreed. Once all the low-rise shit that dots LaSalle has disappeared, it will easily be the most beautiful corridor in the City - perfectly capped on the south by CBOT.
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Old July 31st, 2005, 08:25 PM   #88
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Agreed. Once all the low-rise shit that dots LaSalle has disappeared, it will easily be the most beautiful corridor in the City - perfectly capped on the south by CBOT.
^Actually, I'm hoping they preserve at least some of those low-rise brick buildings. I am all about character, and I don't want River North to turn into a sterile environment. Perhaps preserving facades?
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Old August 1st, 2005, 08:03 AM   #89
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please no more faux bullshit!! you can't make a cheap compromise like that!! sorry it's either preservation or destruction. a dual identity does no good
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Old August 2nd, 2005, 08:40 AM   #90
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Completely disagree ThirdCoast. A well preserved facade (see those on the Heritage) is every bit as effective as the original - especially when the tower above is set back so far that it's hard to even make a visual connection between the two from street-level.
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Old August 2nd, 2005, 11:35 PM   #91
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I agree with Geoff Diamond, in part because the restored facades look A LOT better. Had the buildings continued to be used as is, there may not have been the money available to restore them to such pristine quality.
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Old August 3rd, 2005, 03:17 AM   #92
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I also went down to city hall today to get a copy of the zoning application. The application states that the building will be 745'. But this isn't entirely accutare because I can clearly see a mechanical penthouse and screen that rises above the last occupiable floor which is Floor 57 (743' 6"). The penthouse clearly rises about 30' above that.
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Old August 3rd, 2005, 03:26 AM   #93
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Good work. 700+ is a solid height (775, right?)
The canyon is taking shape more and more.

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Old August 3rd, 2005, 09:07 AM   #94
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Excellent. Has this already passed through the Plan Commission?
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Old August 3rd, 2005, 02:38 PM   #95
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Excellent. Has this already passed through the Plan Commission?
No, they just filed the application for a change in zoning. It will probably be several months before it comes up before the plan commission.

Here are those crappy images of 300 North LaSalle from the copy of the zoning application.



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Old August 3rd, 2005, 08:16 PM   #96
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Thanks for the info Butler. I'll hold off any judgement on the tower until we can see some better renderings. Looks decent so far though.
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Old August 4th, 2005, 09:14 PM   #97
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I just talked to a gentleman from Hines about 300 North LaSalle, and he told me that at this time they couldn't release a color rendering, but that I could call back in about a month, and he could possibly send me that information.

The height's that I listed yesterday are pretty close. He didn't have the height of the building to the top of the blades.

He also told me that there is a possibility that they might go higher. I told him the higher the better, and he agreed.
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Old August 4th, 2005, 09:44 PM   #98
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Higher? Nice
Good work again
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Old August 4th, 2005, 10:20 PM   #99
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Tall is quite excellent.

Screw that John Buck bullshit, I think this needs to get built!

It replaces a piece of shit garage, it's tall, it's design is nice, and it adds a tidbit of office space just north of the river. Now that's good planning
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Old August 5th, 2005, 02:58 AM   #100
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Screw Wacker Plaza!?!? Or are you referring to the one on the west bank of the river just south of the fork?
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