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Old November 29th, 2006, 02:03 AM   #241
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^ No, CL, but is this the skyscrapers-that-won't-happen-forum or is this skyscrapercity? The whole purpose of this forum is to discuss projects in a meaningful way--their design, layout, height, and yes their financing issues.

But if you've already made up your mind that a project is out the window, then what's the point of posting in that particular thread over and over again to restate that? I don't know about you, but it seems like good common sense to me
Cut me some slack TUP. I count only one repeat on this thread. And while I'm a natural pessimist, you know from my posts I'm a huge Chicago booster.
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Old November 29th, 2006, 04:12 AM   #242
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In this week's Crain's "Letters to the Editor" there is an upbeat rejoinder from the developers of the Mandarin to Crain's earlier negative take. It's worth a gander.
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Old December 1st, 2006, 01:18 AM   #243
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Shawn and myself visited the sales center today, and we were able to collect accurate information on this building.


As of this moment the building is 75 stories tall and 857'-6 5/8"

So far they are about 25% sold, and they would like to break ground sometime towards the end of January whether they hit the 50% mark by then or not.

I have some photos of the model that I will post later.
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Old December 1st, 2006, 02:44 AM   #244
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As of this moment the building is 75 stories tall and 857'-6 5/8"
Thanks for the update, Bvic and Shawn. One question: does it begin at the upper street level or ground level?
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Old December 1st, 2006, 04:38 PM   #245
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It is 2' shorter than Water Tower Place. Given its proximity to Aon and 2Pru, this will be the nation's tallest filler building and I doubt it will be too noticeable on the skyline.
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Old December 1st, 2006, 05:06 PM   #246
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That's probably why they have the huge lantern with Mandarin's logo at the top.
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Old December 1st, 2006, 09:25 PM   #247
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Yeah I have to admit I am mightlil disappointed about the height....it really is going to be swallowed up next to essentially two 1000 fters (yeah I know 2pru ain't quite there...close enough for govt work).

I had the same feeling about aqua when it came in at 815......

...is was really hoping for the nations grestest concentration of supertall...or near supertall....bah
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Old December 2nd, 2006, 06:34 PM   #248
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Yeah I have to admit I am mightlil disappointed about the height....it really is going to be swallowed up next to essentially two 1000 fters (yeah I know 2pru ain't quite there...close enough for govt work).

I had the same feeling about aqua when it came in at 815......

...is was really hoping for the nations grestest concentration of supertall...or near supertall....bah
I think when you consider the fact that if Chicago Spire also gets built that of the top 10 buildings in the US, 6 will be in Chicago (Chicago Spire, Trump International, Sears, Aon, Hancock, Waterview) as oppossed to 3 in NY (Freedom Tower, Empire State, Chrysler), I think you already have nation's greatest concentration of supertalls.
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Old December 2nd, 2006, 10:25 PM   #249
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I agree, but i was just hoping for a nice cluster
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Old December 3rd, 2006, 08:19 PM   #250
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Thanks for the update, Bvic and Shawn. One question: does it begin at the upper street level or ground level?
The height that I posted was from upper street level. Also forgot to mention that the building will be connected into the Pedway system. There will also be 2 resturantes in the building, both open to the public.

Here are some photos of the model that I took Thursday when I visited the sales center.





Detailing of the lower levels as seen on the east face


View up the west face


Ornimental crown as seen from the east


Detailing of the lower levels as seen on the west face


Landscaping around the residential entrance




Car turnaround on Stetson
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Old December 3rd, 2006, 08:46 PM   #251
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Bring it on!!!
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Old December 20th, 2006, 05:34 PM   #252
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The more i think about it, i believe it will have a somewhat noticable skyline impact if viewd from the east or north.
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Old December 21st, 2006, 03:59 AM   #253
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i still say i like the west face veiw the best!
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Old December 21st, 2006, 05:30 AM   #254
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Any word on when this new agency is going to start marketing this(sucessfully)
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Old December 21st, 2006, 11:37 PM   #255
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the models are wonderful
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Old January 4th, 2007, 11:30 PM   #256
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BVictor posted this disconcerting information from SCB's website at SSP:

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Mandarin Oriental Tower, Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
This 61-story mixed-use tower responds to a complex program which includes 150 condominium units and a 250-room five-star Mandarin Oriental hotel. Both of these uses sit upon a multi level base of parking, pedestrian concourses, and retail.
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Old January 4th, 2007, 11:33 PM   #257
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^I think that has been on the website for a long time, but he said he has some info to confirm it. I guess we'll have to wait and see, again.
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Old January 5th, 2007, 12:32 AM   #258
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FYI: Emporis lists it at 930ft / 283m and 65 floors. Maybe we should start a pool on the final height...
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Old March 2nd, 2007, 05:55 PM   #259
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minor update

I noticed this week that a truck and a small drilling rig from SKS have been working in the north east corner at Stetson and Lower Water. Not much, more than likely environmental testing.
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Old March 2nd, 2007, 06:47 PM   #260
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The more I look at the model for this tower, the more i like it. I'm especially a fan of the west side facade. For a tower that many of us doubted would come through and actually be built, im kinda of glad it has surprissed us and may start rising next week.
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