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Old November 4th, 2005, 02:34 AM   #401
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Yes it is a new structure, but no, it's not worth putting an image up of A little better than a warehouse I guess, but the outside does not convey the message of innovation they're striving for.
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Old November 4th, 2005, 04:43 PM   #403
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311 W. Monroe sold to VEF
Tribune staff, wire reports
Published November 4, 2005

As expected, real estate investment management firm VEF Advisors LLC said it bought 311 W. Monroe St., a West Loop office building, from a fund managed by John Buck Co., in a $43 million deal. The 355,000-square-foot building is about 70 percent leased to Harris Bank as a part of a 2001 sale-leaseback deal, said real estate research firm CoStar Group. The 14-story structure was built in 1969 but has been upgraded. Buck Co. paid $29.2 million for it and used its zoning rights to expand the firm's 111 S. Wacker Drive tower, which is next door and was built earlier this year. James Ryan, chief executive of Atlanta-based VEF, said he liked 311 W. Monroe's location, but "new construction has added significantly to inventory." VEF is an affiliate of Apollo Real Estate Advisors LP of New York.
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http://www.suntimes.com/output/hlife...s-print04.html
It's reprint time for Printers Row
November 4, 2005
BY LARRY FINLEY Real Estate Reporter


Printers Row is adding a new selection of first additions and updated 100-year-old classics.

New condominiums and conversions of existing buildings are continuing the decades-long transition from the city's printing and publishing hub, to a rental-loft neighborhood, to a new housing center.

First-time buyers are finding condos in the low $100,000s, while the older, empty-nester set is picking up places in the city for their breaks from the suburbs, according to Thad Wong, co-founder of @properties, brokers in the area.

"Printers Row and the South Loop have become major beneficiaries of the Loop's resurgence," Wong said. "It is desirable because of its proximity to the Museum Campus, the Theater District, Grant Park, Millennium Park and the lakefront."

Wong also noted that Printers Row benefits from its well-known history as the center of Chicago's print industry, founded near the Dearborn Station rail lines in the early 1900s and continuing until the 1960s.

"And in recognition of its storied past, the neighborhood hosts the annual Printers Row Book Fair every June," he said.

Models have opened at the largest new conversion, Printers Square, at 700 S. Federal. The four-towered building will include 355 condominiums, according to Jim Letchinger, president of JDL Development. Prices will range from the low $100,000s to the high $200,000s, he said.

JDL has been known for its custom homes and other new-construction projects such as Paulina Park Townhomes, at 1700 W. Diversey. Letchinger said he hoped to bring some new-construction techniques to its first conversion.

"We are an urban developer," he said. "This was the right building at the right time. There are really good layouts that allow us to add our finishes and our touches without having to do structural work."

Redeveloped units will get the Italian kitchen cabinetry used in its new homes, as well as granite counters, stainless-steel appliances and sinks, new bath vanities and fixtures, pantries, carpeting and painting. Options include hardwood floors.

Some of the units will be sold "as-is" without the renovation and new appliances, he said.

"A lot of tenants are very happy with where they are," he said. "And there is a huge price incentive to buy them 'as is.' There is a savings to the current tenants of $25,000 to $35,000."

The standard prices range from the low- to high-$100,000s for the studios, which come in a wide variety of configurations ranging from about 500 to 830 square feet. The 1-bedroom plans start at about $139,000 to the low $200,000s for between 550 to 895 square feet. The 2-bedrooms start in the mid- to high-$200,000s and have 1,100 to 1,400 square feet.

The building amenities include: a 24-hour fitness center, dedicated receiving facility, on-site dry cleaners, private storage, intercom entry and closed circuit TV monitoring.

Parking is provided for $250 a month rental, or for a daily fee, he said. Some suburbanites are getting the units as "in-towns" and will bring their autos in only on the weekends, he said. Other residents are students who don't have automobiles.

Some of the condos are being purchased by investors, who plan to rent them out to students and others, he said.

Models of remodeled units opened recently at 700 S. Federal. Sales are being handled by @properties, (312) 662-1111 or visit www.psqcondos.com.

Concord Homes will begin work early next year on its 17-story Library Tower at State Street and Congress Parkway, across the street from the Harold Washington Library.

About half of the 184 condominiums have been sold, although 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom plans are still available, according to David Radomski, president of Concord Homes' urban division.

"There are a number of people who have come down from the suburbs," Radomski said. "For example, there are people who have season tickets to the Bears. They are going to use this as a second home. In the fall, they will go to the Bears games and have fun in the city."

Many of the buyers are empty-nesters who "really aren't looking at going to Sun City and playing cards, yet," he said. "The baby boomer thinks he is still 30 years old."

Some of them have sold their suburban, single-family house and are buying at Library Tower and also will have another place "somewhere warm," he said.

The 1-bedroom plans range from 900 to 1,080 square feet and are priced from $267,000 to $350,000. The 2-bedrooms have 1,200 to 1,600 square feet and range from $390,000 to $570,000. The 3-bedrooms have up to 2,100 square feet and are priced in the $800,000s. Parking spaces are $35,000 or $40,000.

Features include granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, fireplaces and hardwood or carpeted floors. The building will have doormen, a 24-hour fitness center, a business room, indoor dog walk and rooftop deck with gas grills and a kitchenette for parties.

"We designed a building for the historic area," Radomski said. "It is made to look older to fit in with the Printers Row neighborhood. It will have its own park to the south for the residents and the neighborhood."

The sales center is at 511 S. Plymouth. Call (312) 386-9427 or visit www.concordhomes.com.

Printers Corner, at Polk and Wells, will be a mid-rise, 88-unit building for people who want all-new construction.

The building has 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom plans available, ranging from about $215,000 to $399,000, according to Bob Horner, co-principal of developer Winthrop Properties. Sizes range from about 750 to 1,150 square feet.

"It's a first-time buyers' market here," Horner said. "We are getting primarily renters from the city, although we do get some suburban renters and a few transferees. Location and rareness of new construction are big parts of Printers Corner's appeal."

All condos will come with balconies, corner views, crown molding, stainless-steel appliances, granite countertops, hardwood floors, individual heating and cooling, floor-to-ceiling windows, a computer niche and a new 42-inch plasma TV.

This is not Winthrop's first venture into Printers Row. Its Printers Row Lofts, at 732 S. Financial, sold out its 138 vintage, conversion lofts in a year.

The sales office for Printers Corner is in Dearborn Station, at 47 W. Polk. Call (312) 880-1800 or visit www.printerscorner.com.

Judy Howard lived in the Printers Row area for 20 years and now sells properties there as a sales associate for Rubloff Residential Properties' South Loop office.

"The changes down here are amazing," Howard said. "The student influx has been a major change."

Estimates are that there are some 55,000 students attending colleges in Chicago's downtown area.

"I have a couple looking right now to buy for their college student daughter," she said. "And then later they will hang onto it for themselves, for an 'in-town.'"

"In Printers Row, the lofts are still very popular," Howard said. "There are a lot of students buying those because they are usually a pretty generous space and they can put two people in one."

Parents can buy a condominium for their son or daughter, and then help defray the mortgage costs by renting space to another student.

Printers Row is also popular for "in-towns," small condominiums owned by suburbanites for weekends or overnight stays when things run long at work, she said.

"It's a neighborhood feeling in the city," Howard said. "People love it that you can walk around to the outdoor cafes and coffee shops."

There are also move-up sales to people who have lived in the area for many years and now want something newer and larger; other buyers are "reverse commuters," Howard said.

Printers Row also has proved to be an alternative to Lincoln Park, where home prices and real estate taxes have priced many people out of the market, she said.

Rubloff Residential Properties' South Loop office is at 80 W. Harrison. Call (312) 980-5151.
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Old November 4th, 2005, 09:03 PM   #405
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When I went to city hall yesterday I tried to get information on 351 North Clark, and I was suprised by what I found.

Here are some scans from the zoning application.













As you can see, this appears to be a 3 tower project. I'm trying to get more information, but this is what I've come up with so far.


http://www.friedmanproperties.com/de...asp#rivernorth

River North Center occupies two blocks, which are bounded by Hubbard Street to the north, Clark Street to the west. Carroll Drive to the south and Dearborn Street to the east. The uses planned for this development include retail, Office, commercial, residential, hotel and parking facilities.

Plans are currently underway to immediately develop the North parcel with a 275 room Hotel along with a 400 car-parking garage. We are also creating approximately 20,000 sf of retail on the first level. The 15 stories, 275-room hotel of 200,000 sf is located above the garage along Dearborn Street. Atop the garage is a pool and landscaped terrace, with access to the Hotel. The corner of Dearborn and Hubbard will be developed as a landscaped plaza approximately 27 feet by 80 feet. Phase II of the development includes a 17-story office building of approximately 330,000 sf is proposed above the garage at the west edge of the site.

The entrances for parking are located at the center of the block on Clark and Dearborn Streets, opposite the alleys of the properties across the street. The parking exit is located on Kinzie, opposite the entry-exit to parking at the south parcel. There is also a drop-off for the hotel which is under the building and accessible from Dearborn which shares the entry to the parking garage. Loading berths are located on Hubbard across from the alley and on Kinzie adjacent to the parking exit.

The buildings are to be constructed of several materials. We have varied the building heights, materials, fenestration and details to have the street elevations relate to the scale of the neighboring buildings. The materials consist of limestone, cast stone and brick on the base, with architectural precast concrete on the office building and brick and tile on the hotel. The hotel's mass is articulated by large bay windows, which extend below the hotel portion to the 3rd level of the garage. The garage facades have been articulated using several methods, including variation of materials, recessing portions of the walls, stepping portions of the building inward as it gets higher and by varying the window sizes, which contain translucent or vision glass where appropriate (i.e. stairs, etc).
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Intriguing.

Proposed Office: 603-0'
Proposed Condo: 496-0'
Proposed Hotel : 219-0'

I think it refers to this article "River North: Next Boom?" by Abby Gallum:
"Developers Richard A. Stein and Albert M. Friedman are planning two hotels and about 300 condominiums in a massive River North development......Despite dire predictions of a housing bubble, local developers are betting on a condo boom continuing, as well as resurgent hotel demand.
The Friedman-Stein plan is the bigger bet, revising an earlier proposal for a five-acre parcel bounded by Dearborn Parkway and Kinzie, Clark and Hubbard streets. In addition to condos, the plan includes 50,000 square feet of retail space, parking and around 500 hotel rooms, says Mr. Stein, senior managing director of Mesirow Stein Real Estate Inc. Merrillville, Ind.-based White Lodging Service Corp. would run the hotels, both Marriott franchises. One would be a long-term-stay hotel and the other a moderately priced SpringHill Suites, he says. The impact on Brasserie Jo restaurant, which is located on the site, is unclear."

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Wow, this is great news. All of these parking entrances/exits and curb cuts concern me that this doesn't become one of those developments that gets caught up in the circulation of traffic and fails to provide a good environment for pedestrians
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Old November 5th, 2005, 08:04 PM   #408
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So is the River North Center still going? I saw last night that they have still have it as never built on emporis.com. I'm confused about this one.
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A lot of news:

http://www.crainschicago.com/cgi-bin/news.pl?id=18402

Hotel developers bet big on travel rebound

Downtown hotel construction is poised to grow from a trickle to a flood as developers try to capitalize on the rebounding hotel market.

Developers have at least 15 projects on the drawing boards that could add 3,366 rooms, a 10% increase in supply. With occupancies and room rates rising and an expansion of McCormick Place under way, demand is growing. The question is whether it will keep up with the additional supply.

The planned building "is off the charts," says John Jameson, managing director at Molinaro Koger, a McLean, Va.-based hotel brokerage. "I've never seen anything quite like it."

The development is certain to intensify competition at the high end, now dominated by hotels such as the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago and the Peninsula Chicago. Donald Trump is leading the way with his condominium hotel tower under construction on the Chicago River, which will include 286 rooms. Other planned luxury hotels include the Elysian Hotel & Private Residences, with 183 rooms, the Shangri-La Hotel, with 200, and the Mandarin Oriental, with 250.

"The luxury market's going to be getting more and more crowded," says Roger G. Hill, CEO of Gettys Group, a Chicago consulting and interior design firm.

Developers of the luxury projects are selling hotel rooms to individual investors as condos, a popular trend in the business. They're also building residential condos above their hotels, a way to exploit the booming downtown condo market and appeal to condo buyers who want hotel-style amenities and a prestigious address.

"When you have a great (hotel) name in a condo building, you get a premium," says Laurence S. Geller, CEO of Strategic Hotel Capital Inc., a Chicago real estate investment trust that owns the Hotel InterContinental on North Michigan Avenue and the Fairmont Chicago in the East Loop.

Last week Strategic announced a redevelopment of the InterContinental, including plans to replace the north tower with a 71-story hotel-condo high-rise. Strategic also plans to add a residential component to the Fairmont and has a deal to add 195 hotel rooms in an 80-story tower planned across the street, Mr. Geller says. [Studio Gang Tower in Lakeshore East]

Developers are betting the market will continue to rebound, getting an additional boost when the $880-million addition to the McCormick Place convention center opens in 2008. After dipping as low as 61.9% in August 2002, the downtown hotel occupancy rate, calculated as a 12-month moving average, hit 70.0% in September, according to Smith Travel Research, a Tennessee-based hotel industry research firm. The average daily room rate rose to $153.88 in September, up from a low of $143.08 in August 2002.

So far, few in the industry are voicing concerns that the building boom will result in a glut. Most projects won't be completed until 2008 at the earliest, when demand is expected to be stronger. And some existing supply will be taken off the market: The InterContinental redo, for instance, will shrink the hotel by 327 rooms.

Moreover, just three projects are under way; some others won't get off the ground.

"The reality is, they're not all going to happen," says Mr. Hill, the design consultant. "If they all happened, that would be a concern."

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Also:

http://www.crainschicago.com/cgi-bin/news.pl?id=18401

McClurg Court snares a buyer
TVO Realty Partners has signed to buy McClurg Court Center, a 1,058-unit apartment building in Streeterville, according to people familiar with the deal. The Chicago apartment investment firm is acquiring only the building; TVO will lease the land beneath it through a 62-year lease held by the estate of late real estate mogul Jerrold Wexler. A price was not disclosed; a predecessor company to current owner Archstone-Smith Operating Trust paid $70 million in 1998. [Alby Gallun]
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Thanks for posting the Hotel article, spyguy.

ECD Co. is responisble for State/Lake project which the construction will begin on June 2006. The Hotel will include a high-end restaurant and lounge, a spa and gym open to the public and for use of the hotel guests, as well as 50 hotel-condos on the top five floors with studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom floor-plans available. and the Fritzel's upsdcale dining.

I can't find any rendering.

http://www.ecdco.com/statelake.htm
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By Sandra Jones
(11/07/2005 Chicago Crain's issue)
Waking up Water Tower
Once au courant, now old hat: Mall's new owner seeks to recover lost cachet

Water Tower Place's new owner aims to restore glitz and glamour to the dowager of the Magnificent Mile.
Through a mix of new stores, restaurants, expanded evening hours and a live theater, the mall's managers hope to recapture its cachet — and make it a nighttime destination, as well.
The endgame: Make Water Tower Place one of the 10 most lucrative malls in the country.
It's an ambitious target, but critical to Chicago-based General Growth Properties Inc.'s mission to make the most of its 2004 acquisition of Maryland's Rouse Co., a $7.2-billion deal that included Water Tower.
"This is the prime retail location in the city," says Gehard Plaschka, CEO of MindFolio, a Chicago consumer experience consultancy. "The wealthiest residents in Chicago live around it. Yet, it's not an icon for retail, not an icon for dining and not an icon for residents. It's completely outdated."
When Water Tower opened on Michigan Avenue in 1976, it rattled the industry by daring to bring a suburban-style mall to one of the nation's most exclusive downtown shopping streets.
But Water Tower's suburban style became a liability in the '90s, as glitzy new malls like 900 North Michigan Avenue Shops and Westfield North Bridge brought in crowd-pleasers such as Nordstrom and J. Crew and edgier retailers such as MaxMara and Bloomingdale's. Water Tower lost affluent shoppers bored with its mix of standard-issue mall stores such as the Gap, the Limited and Victoria's Secret.

General Growth recognizes the problem. "We need to make Water Tower very special," says President and Chief Operating Officer Robert Michaels. "We need to merchandise it so when people think of Chicago, they think about Water Tower and say, 'Let's go there because they have stores that nobody else has.' "

GOAL IS INCREASING SALES
An original Water Tower tenant, Sherry Bender, has watched the mall lose its tony status. The final straw for the owner of upscale jeweler Goldsmith Ltd. came when a customer asked if the landlord reduced her rent because of the new "picnic area," referring to the abandoned food trays and litter on the tables lining the balcony outside her store. The food court was on a separate level. Ms. Bender relocated to 900 North Michigan in August.
"I hated what was going on there," she says. "They chased away the upscale shoppers."
General Growth's Mr. Michaels says his goal is to improve sales from a mediocre $500 per square foot to $800 or $900 within three to five years. That would vault Water Tower ahead of 900 North and North Bridge, which both do more than $600 a square foot, and put Water Tower on par with such powerhouses as the Mall at Short Hills in New Jersey, Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks, Calif., and the Galleria in Houston.
In the past few months, General Growth has brought in stores unique to Chicago, including C. O. Bigelow Apothecaries, an upscale bath and beauty shop and one of seven stores the Limited is testing nationwide; Soma, a lingerie store for women over 35 by Chico's FAS Inc.; Lillie Rubin, a women's special occasion dressing store that Cache Inc. is testing; an upscale tea shop out of Atlanta called Teavana; Lindt Chocolate Shop, and Lacoste sportswear. General Growth has also talked to Zara and Mango, two trendy clothiers from Spain.
The most dramatic change under consideration: extend the mall into the area now occupied by the driveway between the mall and the Ritz Carlton Hotel, a project that could cost more than $10 million. Mr. Michaels is talking to restaurateur Richard Melman about building a Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises Inc. concept in the empty thoroughfare. Chicago-based Lettuce already operates Foodlife and Mity Nice Grill on the mezzanine level and Wow Bao in the first-floor atrium. "Water Tower has been a very good location for us," says Mr. Melman.

One broker says vertical shopping centers like Water Tower are struggling because stores want their brand on street level. Photo: Erik Unger
Restaurants in general generate more in sales per square foot than specialty shops, a factor that no doubt plays into the decision to add eateries. Mr. Michaels says he would like to create an entire floor of restaurants to attract
theatergoers from the new Drury Lane Theatre and turn Water Tower into a nightspot. General Growth also extended store hours to 9 p.m. year-round, an edict that irked many tenants.

HAS TURNAROUND EXPERIENCE
General Growth has turned around malls in the past. Sales at Tyson's Galleria in McLean, Va., soared to $800 a square foot from $350 after General Growth bought it in 1995, says Mr. Michaels.
But Water Tower could pose its biggest challenge. The best-performing malls are only one or two stories high and count luxury stores among their main tenants. Water Tower has seven floors, a challenge for today's impatient and time-pressed shoppers. Many Water Tower retailers now have standalone showcase stores on the Mag Mile.
"Vertical shopping centers are struggling with stores wanting to put their brand on the street," says Lorraine Adney, a broker with Baum Realty Group Inc. in Chicago. "It's not the roaring '90s, where everyone wanted to be on Mag Mile and any Mag Mile address was all right."
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I am glad they are doing something about this mall. Their is nothing in that mall that you can't get anywhere else . How many Gab, Banana Republic and Ann Taylor can we have in less than a mile. We have the same stores on every mall on michigan avenue. The reason to come to downtown is to go to stores that the suburbs do not have. I hope they succeed.
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Old November 6th, 2005, 05:18 AM   #414
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Wait... since when is WTP open until 9PM?
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I think it is, except Sunday.
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Old November 6th, 2005, 07:22 AM   #416
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They may attract some people with a store like this, but I wouldn't even step foot on the same floor this thing is located:
Soma, a lingerie store for women over 35 by Chico's FAS Inc.

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November 17 Plan Commission Agenda

Now there's certainly no gurantee that all of these items will be on the agenda the day of the meeting, but I certainly hope that number 13 is.


2. A Resolution in support of a proposed Site Plan for a third story addition to the west section of the Art Institute of Chicago. The proposed addition will house new public amenities: a restaurant, winter garden and sculpture garden.

4. A proposed Residential Planned Development submitted by Home Sweet Homes, LLC for the property commonly known as 701-709 North State Street and 2-10 East Huron Street . The
applicant has proposed the construction of up to 100 dwelling units.


10. A proposed Residential-Business Planned Development submitted by 1712 THC, LLC, for the property commonly known as 1612-1640 and 1704-1722 South Michigan and 1639-1719 South Wabash Avenue. The applicant has proposed to construct dwelling units with accessory units while maintaining some of the existing buildings.

12. A proposed Residential Planned Development submitted by LaSalle and Grand, LLC for the property commonly known as 528-538 North LaSalle and 142-148 West Grand Avenue. The applicant proposes to construct a 19-floor, 28 unit residential building with 50 parking spaces.

13. A proposed Residential Business Planned Development submitted by Chieftain Construction Ltd.
for the property commonly known as 2131-2141 South Michigan; 100-132 East Cermak; 2124-2138 South Indiana. The applicant proposes to construct a 35 story residential building containing
336 dwelling units, 352 parking spaces and approximately 16,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.
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Old November 6th, 2005, 07:46 PM   #418
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The southward march down Michigan and Wabash Avenues is quite a drum beat of new towers. Once the former project sites receive their clearance and infrastructure and reconnect to the street grid, that same march should hopefully occur on South State Street.
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From the Columbia College Chronicle:

Columbia proposes $90 million tower
Campus Master Plan to unite north, south ends of campus
By Hayley Graham
Campus News

Chris Gallevo/The Chronicle
Columbia revealed a proposed plan to build a $90 million campus center building as part of the Campus Master Plan.
At a Town Hall Meeting open to Columbia students, faculty and staff on Nov. 4 Alicia Berg, vice president of campus environment, proposed a $90 million campus center as part of Columbia’s Campus Master Plan.

The new campus center would be built on the Columbia-owned property at Eighth Street and Wabash Avenue, currently the site of Buddy Guy’s Legends. The goal of having a new 14-story building in this location would be to unify the north and south ends of the campus by using the campus center for the Liberal Arts and Sciences Department and student center, Berg.

Berg presented the plan along with Joe Valerio of Valerio Dewalt Train Associates, which is partnering with Columbia to develop the Campus Master Plan, which is designed to improve the college’s image and its use of space on campus. The tower would be the first building on Columbia’s campus built by the college.

The Office of Campus Environment and the Institutional Research, Evaluation and Planning Department teamed up to research how students use Columbia’s campus and found that students use the north end of campus the most. Building the Campus Center at the corner of Eighth Street and Wabash Avenue would encourage students to also go down toward the south end of campus.

The first four floors of the 245,000-useable-square-foot campus center would be a student center, that would include a cafe, study area, an area for student organizations, rehearsal space and a performance stage.

“The building itself is really important to Columbia’s identity; it’s architecturally exciting,” Berg said.

The new building would hold relieve the space crunch that Columbia is experiencing now and continues to battle as the college is expected to grow 2 percent over the next 10 years, according to Berg.

The specific details of the trustees the specific details of the building’s layout will be planned while the funds are being raised, according to Berg. She said that the funding for the $90 million tower would come come partly from the Comprehensive Campaign, which is a major fundraising campaign that will encompass a range of projects from endowments to scholarships, according to Berg. The new chair of the board of trustees, Allen Turner, will be leading this campaign.

“[Turner] has gone through a capital campaign before, but he knows how hard it is,” Berg said.

Columbia plans to sell its properties south of Roosevelt Road to keep the campus between Roosevelt Road, Congress Parkway, Michigan Avenue and State Street. The proceeds from the property sales will also go to funding the campus center.

The details of the Comprehensive Campaign will be revealed to the public in 2007, according to Berg, who said she does not know when the construction of the campus center will begin.

The Campus Master Plan has already been put into action with the $8 million purchase of the building that houses the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, 618 S. Michigan Ave. Berg revealed Columbia’s plan for the Spertus building at the Campus Plan Meeting. The first floor of the Spertus building, which Columbia is planning to move into by fall 2008, is going to house a temporary student center and gallery, the second floor will be a temporary student center and library, floor three will also be a library and floors four through 10 will be academic offices. The building will not be used for classroom space because of limitations in the building’s codes and its small elevators.

Berg also announced that the one of the goals of the Campus Master Plan is to make Columbia a dramatic presence in the South Loop. The idea is to make Wabash Avenue the heart of Columbia’s campus by adding Columbia-focused kiosks and creative street furniture, and by creating a public-wall gallery.

The Office of Campus Environment is currently talking with the Hilton located at 720 S. Michigan Ave., to use the blank wall of their parking garage, which faces Wabash Avenue, to display Columbia artwork.

“People are going to know where Columbia is,” Berg said.

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