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Old December 28th, 2005, 12:27 AM   #21
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Downtown Aurora

The central core has great bones but development and city services have focused on the periphery and its suburban development. Some progress has been made but mostly revolving around the casino. New Mayor Tom Weisner seems to be moving various development plans forward:

Lannert's plan for development along the river.

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The project contains a mix of commercial, residential, and entertainment uses that will help to revitalize two areas on either side of the river. On the East Bank there will be an arena, entertainment center, hotels, a theatre, restaurants, and shops, as well as parking. The West Bank will see selected infill and other construction that keeps much of the existing urban core intact and uses it for inspiration for new buildings. A proposed shuttle system will link these areas with the Metra Station, and new parks and promenades will line the river's edge.
First step is too rebuild the downtown sewers. Like Chicago Aurora combines storm and sewage. Instead of a Big Dig reservoir they are splitting the systems.

Downtown project plan gets its first OK. This was parking lot and a few used up houses fronting the river.

An expansion of the Waubonsee Community College Campus is planned. The property on West Galena blvd. has been transferred from city to college but ground breaking has yet to occur.
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Old December 28th, 2005, 12:41 AM   #22
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Looks promising for future years. Thanks for posting all that.

Concerning that huge "Center of North Shore" project in Northbrook, does anyone know its current status? I tried Google but hardly anything comes up.
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Old December 28th, 2005, 04:48 AM   #23
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520 South Washington
Naperville (crazy, I know)
7 floors + surface AND underground parking available



Pretty decent shape too. I'm hoping this will be the pandora's box of Naperville as developers realize how much money there is to be made with these towers.

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Old December 28th, 2005, 06:23 AM   #24
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I believe construction started this month:

520 South Washington
Naperville (crazy, I know)
7 floors + surface AND underground parking available



Pretty decent shape too. I'm hoping this will be the pandora's box of Naperville as developers realize how much money there is to be made with these towers.
^Although I like a lot of the midrise/highrise development going on in many suburbs, I don't know what the appeal is on this one. Sure it's a midrise, but so what? Seems to me like it's just surrounded by parking and parkland, clearly not connected to an urban environment in which people can walk to get what they need. I'd rather see townhomes than something like this
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Old December 28th, 2005, 06:47 AM   #25
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Well looking at the area on Google provides little context. This space is too small for townhomes as it's surrounded by something on all sides In the back there is a river/ riverwalk (I think) and to the sides it's surrounded by either other residential buildings or office buildings/restaurants/stores/hotels- can't really tell- and their surface parking. Maybe just the rarity of something like this in Naperville is reason enough. If sales were good enough for construction, then there's hope for more of this stuff outside of a downtown area.
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Old December 28th, 2005, 05:33 PM   #26
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YAh that building is complete now. The location is actually just 2 blocks from downtown Naperville. So that provides the desireablity/urban thing
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Old December 28th, 2005, 11:43 PM   #27
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St Charles: First Street

First Street Redevelopment Project

Just south of Main St. on the west bank. Mixed use. The piano factory\mall has already been replaced by condos & townhomes. (That's two indoor malls that have gone tits up in St Charles. Odds on Charlestowne?) The rest of the area is a mismash of parking lots and past use by date light industrial, some of which has been converted into upscale retail. The Blue Goose is a long time family owned grocer which has stuck it out in downtown and will be moved and expanded. That's a plus. Most suburban downtowns have been redlined by the corporate supermarkets.
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Old January 7th, 2006, 08:14 PM   #28
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http://www.dailyherald.com/news/dupa....asp?id=140268

Housing projects clear hurdle

By Kathryn Grondin

Daily Herald Staff Writer
Posted Saturday, January 07, 2006

More opportunities are on the way for Lombard residents to live mere steps from restaurants and shops.

The village board gave an initial thumbs up Thursday night to two more developments that feature commercial space on the ground floor and residences above. One involves apartments for seniors and the other features condominiums.

The Pointe at Lombard would consist of 78 apartments for seniors above restaurant and retail space on the 200 block of West St. Charles Road. Mid-America Development Partners aims to build the four-story project in two phases on the roughly 1.1 acres.

The developer is seeking variations to some village building rules, including height to allow for an architectural tower for aesthetics. Also sought is permission for outdoor dining areas.

An auto repair shop and a three-unit residential building would be razed to make way for the new development.

“This is a good development for our downtown,” Trustee Steve Sebby said. “It’s moving in the right direction.”

The other project, called Prairie Path Villas, is a three-story building on the 300 block of South Main Street near the walking/biking trail. It would feature seven retail units and 36 condominiums with 60 underground parking spaces.

Sections of the Tudor-style building are distinguished by different types of brick and chimneys as well as some recessed storefronts.

Developer David George does seek exceptions to some village codes, such as building setbacks and height.


The village’s plan commission recommended approval of both projects subject to some conditions.

Trustees still must sign off on the projects and the votes are expected at the Jan. 19 board meeting.
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Another that's UC:
The Crossings at Franklin Park
6 floors

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Old January 10th, 2006, 05:22 AM   #29
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Although very un-urban, suburban HQ can sometimes be interesting, especially if they are surrounded by lush landscaping. Take the former Spiegel, now Sara Lee HQ in Downers Grove, 3Com Midwest, and Allstate HQ.

This could be interesting.. I'd love to see a preliminary design. The article doesn't mention the architect, so maybe one hasn't been chosen yet (?)

HSBC North America chooses Mettawa for HQ

(Crain's) — In a boost to the suburban commercial real estate market, HSBC North America Holdings Inc. announced Monday it has chosen Mettawa as the site of its new 440,000 square-foot headquarters.

Ground-breaking for the structure will begin in spring 2006, with a completion date set for the first quarter of 2008, the company said. Mettawa is about 5 miles southwest of Lake Forest

The announcement is a big development in what has been a stagnant suburban market. The total square footage of 2005's large—lease transactions totaled 636,849 square feet in the fourth quarter, according to data from MB Real Estate.

In July, the company said it had a short list of about six potential sites close to its current head office in Prospect Heights.
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The company wouldn't comment on the other finalists for the site, but said the rationale for the Mettawa location had to do with logistics.

"Stats showed that 75% of our employees live in the northwest suburbs," says a company spokeswoman. "We wanted to retain our employee base and come up with a location convenient for them."

"I don't know that they had that many great choices," says Marilyn Lissner, senior director at Cushman & Wakefield, a suburban tenant representative. "If you really examine this market, the north has the least amount of vacancy. It was looking for quality site of that size that was ready for development, and those locations are very limited."

Ms. Lissner says that HSBC has a quality site with a quality developer in Hamilton Partners, the firm that also developed CDW's headquarters in neighboring Vernon Hills. She also says that the future building's location right off the Edens Expressway (I-94) will create a strong branding opportunity. "[HSBC] will be very visible in terms of maintaining their image and identity. They're in a corporate headquarters environment."

HSBC entered into a $15.5 billion merger with consumer finance firm Household International in 2003.

The new facility will allow the financial services firm to consolidate employees from its three current locations—Mt. Prospect, Prospect Heights and Deerfield—under one roof. About 2,400 employees will work in the building, which will accommodate 3,000. A spokesperson wouldn't comment on whether the firm has plans to hire additional people.

HSBC will lease the facility over a 13-year term, with the option of renewing the lease for up to 30 years. HSBC is represented by Jones Lang LaSalle.
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Old January 10th, 2006, 05:29 AM   #30
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Yeah. That's a pretty big move. Hamilton Partners...should be interesting since they're the big suburban developer.
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Old January 10th, 2006, 09:50 PM   #31
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Some more info on the building. HSBC has had some good buildings before. Maybe this could be a 12+ floor building? Let's hope

HSBC picks Mettawa for new headquarters
January 10, 2006
BY DAVID ROEDER Business Reporter


After a search covering the northern suburbs, consumer loan company HSBC Holdings PLC said Monday it has picked the Lake County town Mettawa as the site for its new corporate headquarters.

HSBC, which owns the Household Finance operation, said it will move to 28 acres along Interstate 94 starting in early 2008. The move will let the company consolidate about 2,400 workers now at four locations, the biggest of which is the current headquarters at 2700 Sanders Rd. in Prospect Heights.

Spokeswoman Anita Black said HSBC signed a 13-year lease with a renewal option for the northwest corner of I-94 and Town Line Road. Itasca-based developer Hamilton Partners owns the empty site and plans a 440,000-square-foot building for HSBC.

Black said the company is moving to put its work force together and because it needed modern space. The Prospect Heights facility, which is on a park-like setting, is about 30 years old, she said.

Other company locations to be phased out after the move include two in Mount Prospect and one in Deerfield, she said.

With ample space available in a sluggish suburban leasing market, many developers wooed London-based HSBC. The company said it evaluated more than 50 locations in Lake and northern Cook counties.

Some landowners with downtown office buildings to fill also tried for the business. But Black said "75 percent of our employees live in the northern or western suburbs and we wanted to minimize the inconvenience for them."

HSBC, which also operates the Beneficial brand, has about 6,100 employees in the Chicago area.


Its new home, designed by Wright Architects, is within Hamilton's Woodland Falls Corporate Center. Black said the building will have an energy-saving design and include employee amenities such as a fitness center and prayer rooms.

The Vernon Hills headquarters of computer retailer CDW Corp. is part of the same complex.

Michael Rolfs, a partner at Hamilton, said his company is in negotiations to place a hotel within the property. Long-term plans include a sit-down restaurant, he said.
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Venetian Pointe
Addison
4 floors



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Sales brisk at Addision luxury condos
Posted Sunday, January 08, 2006


The RELM Group in conjunction with Greco PG Five Development started construction of Addison's first luxury condominium complex in August of 2005. Phase I has just one unit left and Phase II is available at pre-construction pricing and is 30 percent sold out.

Venetian Pointe is just east of Route 53 on Foxdale Drive and just north of Lake Street in the heart of the new "Downtown Addison".

Not your typical high-rise condominium development, these are two upscale 42-unit buildings which are identical in layout, construction material and design. They will be four stories high. Each will be constructed of pre-cast flooring panels with masonry demising walls and decorative brick with limestone exterior construction.

There are eight different floor plans to choose from (1 bedroom, 2 bedrooms, and 2 bedrooms with den) ranging from 1,000 to 1,700 square feet, with prices ranging from the low-200's to the mid-300's. Special features will include rounded balconies, indoor heated parking, elevator, security, fitness center, meeting/party room, 9- and 10-foot ceilings, Merillat maple cabinets, granite counter tops, Maytag and Jenn Air stainless steel appliances, Pella windows, Kohler plumbing fixtures, hardwood or ceramic flooring, high efficiency hydronic heating system along with low monthly assessments, that include gas, heat and water.

The design center and sales office, located at 1576 W. Lake St. Suite 103, Addison, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call (630) 250-4500 or visit www.venetianpointe.com.
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Old January 10th, 2006, 10:28 PM   #33
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Lincolnshire Place
Lincolnshire
4 floors



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Nothing small about Lincolnshire Place condos
Posted Sunday, January 08, 2006


Daniel Burnham is famous for saying "Make no small plans." Weiss Development Corp., a veteran builder and condominium developer in the Chicago area, has taken that phrase to heart.

At the newest of its communities - Lincolnshire Place Condominiums on the Village Green in Lincolnshire, floor plans feature nothing smaller that two bedrooms and no less than 1,785 square feet of living space in each residence.

"Whether you're talking about single- or multi-family homes, size is part of the equation when you're talking about luxury," said Helen Weiss, vice president of Weiss Development. "You can't offer a wealth of amenities in a studio condominium."

The seven floor plans at Lincolnshire Place range from the aforementioned 1,785 square feet up to an astounding 3,200 square feet - "and that doesn't include the balconies in each residence, which are often used to supplement the living space," said Weiss. Pre-construction prices are anticipated to range from $415,000 to $834,000 (prices and availability subject to change without notice). The community's 62 residences are offered within a single four-story building.

Weiss noted that multi-family living does not necessarily equate to a lesser lifestyle. "People have been living in luxury downtown for decades. We're giving them the opportunity to do the same in the suburbs, where many of our home buyers have already spent a generation." She added that the new community is going to be Lincolnshire's largest residential building, and its most luxurious to date.

"At sizes topping out at more than 3,000 square feet, these condominiums are larger than many single-family homes - plenty of room for the furnishings and accessories home buyers have spent years acquiring," said Weiss. "What they won't find, however, are the maintenance obligations that come with single-family homes."

Some of the residences at Lincolnshire Place will feature front porches, allowing private entries, while others will have private rooftop decks. Penthouse units will have volume ceilings and wraparound balconies (per plan). The community will feature an Infinity Terrace, adjacent to the building's exercise room and Resident's Club Room, and will offer residents an outdoor fireplace and grill as well as a southeast view of ponds, wetlands, woods, and an infinity-edge reflecting pool. Construction is projected to begin in Spring 2006, with first occupancy in fall 2007.

Lincolnshire Place will feature two separate entrances, each with its own elegantly furnished lobby, and three elevators (two passenger, one service). The aforementioned Resident's Club Room will have its own kitchen, large-screen television and surround sound. Other building amenities include closed-circuit security access, a fitness room, bicycle room, individual storage lockers and 114 parking spaces.

The Weiss Development sales center is situated at Lincolnshire's Village Green North Retail Center on Olde Half Day Road, a block north of Route 22 and one block cast of Milwaukee Avenue. Office hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, call (847) 821-8080 or visit the company's Web site at www.riversedgebyWDC.com.

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Old January 12th, 2006, 10:32 PM   #34
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Arlington Heights - 8 story hospital expansion

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Major expansion plan presented for Northwest Community

By Sheila Ahern

Daily Herald Staff Writer
Posted Thursday, January 12, 2006

Northwest Community Hospital officials want to build a new eight-story patient tower along with a seven-story parking garage.

The Arlington Heights plan commission looked over the plan at an informal committee meeting Wednesday. No vote was taken.

Currently, the hospital has more than 500 beds. The addition would add another 200 beds, but the hospital’s total bed count would stay about the same, said Blaine Krage, a hospital spokesman.

“We’re changing a lot of the semiprivate rooms we have to private rooms, so the hospital bed count won’t go up much,” he said.

The hospital is located at 800 W. Central Road and the proposed expansion would be along Central Road. A mental health building on the site will be torn down to make room for the expansion, Krage said.

The proposed 246,000-square-foot patient tower would be at the south end of the hospital and would also include a 20,000-square-foot addition to the emergency department on the hospital’s first floor. A new 11,000-square-foot sally port for up to 12 emergency vehicles is also planned, according to village staff reports.

The hospital is also planning a third parking garage of 780 stalls for the northeast corner of the hospital. The garage would be seven stories — two underground and five above ground.

An increased number of patients over the past several years spurred the need for the expansion, Krage said.

“Our number of patients has increased faster than any other hospital,” he said. “We have the busiest emergency room in the northwest suburbs.”

Besides village approval, the hospital will also need approval from the state Health Facilities Planning Board, Krage said.

The expansion should be completed by 2010, he added.

The early expansion plans were well received by village planners, but more information will be needed before the staff makes a formal recommendation, said Village Planner Matt Dabrowski.

Plan commission members also gave the idea an early nod of approval.

“I like what you’re doing here,” said plan commission member Bruce Green. “It’s a nice looking building.”

Northwest Community Hospital is the state’s fifth largest hospital and opened in 1959. The last major addition was completed in 2001, Krage said.
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Some more info on the building. HSBC has had some good buildings before. Maybe this could be a 12+ floor building? Let's hope

HSBC picks Mettawa for new headquarters
January 10, 2006
BY DAVID ROEDER Business Reporter


After a search covering the northern suburbs, consumer loan company HSBC Holdings PLC said Monday it has picked the Lake County town Mettawa as the site for its new corporate headquarters.

HSBC, which owns the Household Finance operation, said it will move to 28 acres along Interstate 94 starting in early 2008. The move will let the company consolidate about 2,400 workers now at four locations, the biggest of which is the current headquarters at 2700 Sanders Rd. in Prospect Heights.

Spokeswoman Anita Black said HSBC signed a 13-year lease with a renewal option for the northwest corner of I-94 and Town Line Road. Itasca-based developer Hamilton Partners owns the empty site and plans a 440,000-square-foot building for HSBC.

Black said the company is moving to put its work force together and because it needed modern space. The Prospect Heights facility, which is on a park-like setting, is about 30 years old, she said.

Other company locations to be phased out after the move include two in Mount Prospect and one in Deerfield, she said.

With ample space available in a sluggish suburban leasing market, many developers wooed London-based HSBC. The company said it evaluated more than 50 locations in Lake and northern Cook counties.

Some landowners with downtown office buildings to fill also tried for the business. But Black said "75 percent of our employees live in the northern or western suburbs and we wanted to minimize the inconvenience for them."

HSBC, which also operates the Beneficial brand, has about 6,100 employees in the Chicago area.


Its new home, designed by Wright Architects, is within Hamilton's Woodland Falls Corporate Center. Black said the building will have an energy-saving design and include employee amenities such as a fitness center and prayer rooms.

The Vernon Hills headquarters of computer retailer CDW Corp. is part of the same complex.

Michael Rolfs, a partner at Hamilton, said his company is in negotiations to place a hotel within the property. Long-term plans include a sit-down restaurant, he said.

im sure you know its pronouced mettaaaawaaaa,
and not metuwuh, the snouty residents there will correct you if you dare to utter the incorrect pronunciation,
wonder what street they will be on?
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Acadia on the Green
Downers Grove (downtown)
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Oakview Estates Condos
Lombard
5 floors



Burr Ridge Village Center
Burr Ridge
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The Residences of Uptown Park Ridge
Park Ridge
Townhomes, Row houses, lofts, and condos


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^ Wow, those are great looking developments.

If we can "train" suburbanites to get out of their cars, perhaps they won't constantly demand parking when they come to the city.

Spyguy, do you know if many of those developments are located near transit stops?
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The Acadia one is in downtown Downers Grove, so yes, it's near the Metra station. The same goes for Oakview, except it's in Lombard and Uptown in Park Ridge. The Burr Ridge one I'm not quite sure about, but it doesn't seem like it.
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http://www.dailyherald.com/search/se....asp?id=144575

Aldermen divided on new condo plan

By Ames Boykin

Daily Herald Staff Writer
Posted Thursday, January 19, 2006

Too many condos, not enough parking.

That was the issue dividing Des Plaines aldermen this week as they considered a proposal to build a nine-story, 144-unit condo building at River Road and River Street downtown. Mayor Tony Arredia broke a tie vote in support of the proposal by Chicago-based River Associates.

River Associates floated the plan after city officials rejected a proposal from Des Plaines-based R. Franczak & Associates, because the developer was asking the city to buy property.

First Ward Alderman Patricia Beauvais, whose ward covers the downtown, has long advocated for more parking in new condo complexes, but this week she found some allies on the city council who said enough is enough.

Second Ward Alderman Thomas Christiansen, 4th Ward Alderman Dick Sayad and 8th Ward Alderman Rosemary Argus also opposed the project.

After the plan narrowly won preliminary approval, an angry Beauvais ordered city staff members to host a meeting for her condo constituents to explain why there wasn’t more parking required. She said the city shouldn’t put the “cart before the horse,” since the city plans to consider commissioning a downtown parking study next month.

There also was talk that the city may consider buying property to provide more parking to serve all downtown residents, although some aldermen immediately opposed that idea.

River Associates’ proposal would provide 223 parking spaces, which is six more than the city requires. There also would be 12 additional spaces for visitors. Under the Des Plaines code, there must be 1.5 spaces for each unit.

The plan still requires final approval.

The entire rear of the property, or 60 percent of the 2.3-acre site, abutting Weller Creek and Cook County Forest Preserve land would be reserved as open space through an agreement with the Des Plaines Park District.

Some aldermen questioned why the project didn’t offer retail on the ground floor.

Tim Bleuher, director of community and economic development, said the project actually fronts quiet River Street, and wouldn’t draw anything more than a dental office if it drew any tenant at all.

When 3rd Ward Alderman Laura Murphy asked whether the developer would seek incentives, an attorney for the developer said the engineering costs are mounting since the project is located in a flood plain. Murphy said she would vote against any request for incentives.

The project would require the demolition of two single-family homes on River Road.

Resident Gary Danfield, who regularly attends city council meetings, complained that he wasn’t aware the project that would displace him would be discussed at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

City officials told Danfield that his landlord knew, and that public notices were posted on the lawn.

The homes are used as multifamily units for lower-income renters. “And if you put them out, I don’t know where they’re going to go,” Danfield said.
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