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Old March 3rd, 2007, 08:09 PM   #261
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What makes you say it's going commence construction next week?
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Old March 3rd, 2007, 09:14 PM   #262
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There are a couple people mentioning that work will begin in March. Someone on SSP who works nearby said they received notice that the garage entrances would be closed next week for the beginning of construction.
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Old March 5th, 2007, 11:42 PM   #263
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Old March 6th, 2007, 12:58 AM   #264
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Hmm, I'm about to leave work in a few minutes. I'll take a look on my way home.

Update: I walked past the site and, aside from one, unmanned backhoe, there is no activity to speak of as yet.

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Old March 6th, 2007, 03:01 AM   #265
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This would be a pretty solid addition to the Chicago skyline. Seemed like some people didn't think it'd be built, but it's beginning to sound like the project may have wings that are ready to spread? Sure hope so.

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Old March 6th, 2007, 03:16 AM   #266
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Where's the false info?
i deleted it.
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Old March 6th, 2007, 04:15 AM   #267
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^ Sorry, Steely

I couldn't help it--I was bored and stuck at home waiting for the cable guy.

Also, I'm surprised anyone took that seriously, since I've posted that picture like 3 different times. I'm ashamed of you people!!!
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Old March 7th, 2007, 01:44 AM   #268
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Oh wow... waiting for the CABLE GUY?

Watch your back.....
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Old March 7th, 2007, 02:05 AM   #269
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If he asks you to join him at Medieval Times... Reject the offer :haha:
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Old March 14th, 2007, 01:59 AM   #270
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Do I spy site prep? I took these on my way home from work:



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Old March 14th, 2007, 04:16 AM   #271
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I figured someone would post photos before me, but since walked over there, I'm gonna post mine. This was taken at 11:36 am.
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Old March 14th, 2007, 07:08 AM   #272
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Im pretty confident this baby is gonna go up .
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Old March 15th, 2007, 04:58 AM   #273
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I walked by again today and saw that some long, relatively thin metal cylinders had been placed on the site.
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Old March 21st, 2007, 06:12 PM   #274
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http://www.suntimes.com/business/roe...eder21.article

Mandarin Hotel project nears financing target

March 21, 2007
BY DAVID ROEDER Sun-Times Columnist



The proposed 74-story Mandarin Oriental hotel and condo tower is one of the glitziest deals on the development agenda for downtown. It was announced in grand style a year ago, but since then has barely given evidence of being alive. Chris Kenny, chief financial officer of Palladian Development, investors in the Mandarin project, insists that real progress is coming. A quiet groundbreaking occurred March 13 at the location, the northwest corner of Lake and Stetson, and developers are close to their target of sales contracts on 50 percent of their units, Kenny said.
That's the standard threshold needed for financing. Kenny said small-scale financing is in place to fund early excavating and utility relocation on the vacant lot.

The project is a blend of 252 hotel rooms managed by the posh Mandarin Oriental brand, 159 homes that range from standard-issue condos to stunning penthouses, plus 103 ultra-luxurious condos whose owners are entitled to hotel services, such as twice-daily maid service. The regular condos start in the $600,000s, but those with hotel services have been priced at $1 million to $3.5 million.

The other Mandarin hotel rooms start at about $600,000.

Hotels condos have been a hard sell in Chicago. Palladian principal Gerard Kenny, Chris' father, said sales haven't been easy "but we think the market's there. Really, it's about the brand."

Gerard Kenny, part of the Kenny Construction family, said the construction delay has given Mandarin and his architects, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, time to improve the design. Costs have risen but aren't unmanageable, he said.

"I'm having a lot of fun. I'm used to projects where I have to stick with somebody else's drawings. Now, I get to change the drawings myself," he said.

Controversy over two of his partners in the deal, Frank Leo and Patrick Danan, have not affected the project, he said. The Illinois Gaming Board forced Gerard Kenny to sell his stake in a Downstate casino after naming Leo and Danan as associates of an alleged mob figure in New Jersey. Kenny called that characterization false and unfair.
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Old March 21st, 2007, 06:25 PM   #275
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"I'm having a lot of fun. I'm used to projects where I have to stick with somebody else's drawings. Now, I get to change the drawings myself," he said.
He better not change it too much, its easily one of the best looking towers proposed as it is now.
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Old April 11th, 2007, 08:03 AM   #276
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Here is the information we got from the developer with the floor count and height of the building. They also sent us a rendering...below is the link.

http://www.newcityskyline.com/MandarinOrientalChicago.html


Mandarin Oriental takes Chicago by storm

Tuesday, April 10, 2007
By Kelly Matlock

Chicago, IL, US (NCS) - Chicago will soon say hello to the Midwest’s first Mandarin Oriental residential property, which is breaking ground within the next few weeks at North Stetson Avenue just north of Millennium Park in the city’s new Eastside zone in the loop with expected delivery in 2009.

Gerard M. Kenny, president, COO and partner of Palladian Development, LLC, the tower’s developer, said he had this kind of lavish, innovative tower in mind when he first established Palladian; Kenny’s past local credits with self-founded Kenny Construction Company include the El’s Green and Blue lines, the city’s Tunnel and Reservoir project, Midway Airport redevelopment and the rehabilitation of Soldier Field.

“Let's face it,” Kenny said. “I'm a Chicago guy, and Chicago is the City of Architecture. My partners and I share an emotional commitment, as well as an economic interest, in building the kind of grand and gracious condominium hotel this town deserves. We created Palladian for the sole purpose of building an architectural icon worthy of its location next to Millennium Park.”

An iconic building next to the park is exactly what the 74-story, 930-foot Mandarin Oriental Tower will be, offering up a 250-room Mandarin Oriental hotel with hotel guestrooms ranging from 552 to 3,600 square feet and priced from $570,000 to $7 million USD. Buyers have the option of having Mandarin Oriental rent their unit when not in use. Additionally, 250 residential condos will offer one to four bedrooms, one to four baths, from 770 to 13,000 square feet and priced from $550,000 to $21 million USD. 150 of these, called Tower Condominiums, are intended for those seeking traditional condo ownership with access to specific hotel amenities. The remaining 100 condos, The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, are best for permanent hotel guests who seek complete residential floor plans with access to full Mandarin Oriental services and amenities.

The tower will offer residents and guests dining and entertainment options including the signature Mandarin Oriental restaurant as well as a slated five-star restaurant that will offer one of the finest culinary experiences in Chicago. The building’s SkyLobby will be home to a MObar Lounge along with a tea room that will serve dim sum and a selection of the finest teas from around the world, as well as Mandarin Oriental’s award-winning Cake Shop. Additional amenities include a 24-hour concierge, valet service and IT concierge, as well as The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Chicago, featuring 14 treatment rooms, experience showers, ice caves, vitality pools, amethyst steam rooms and saunas. Adjacent to the Spa, a state-of-the-art fitness center will offer training equipment, fitness classes, a yoga and Pilates studio, swimming pool, grotto and hot tub.

Housed within a contemporary glass shell, the building was designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz principal Martin Wolf, known for his appreciation and respect for the old design methodology of hand drawing. Despite the advent of computer technology, Wolf still prefers to draw many of his designs by hand, enabling him to produce a sequence of drawings which he can compare and contrast in order to arrive at a satisfying design. Wolf is known for his recent work on projects such as the 61-story 340 on the Park condo tower, expected to become Chicago’s first green residential high-rise, and the brand new River North campus for the Erikson Institute, which broke ground in January.

Wolf’s design of the Mandarin Oriental, which according to SCB, “combines Mandarin Oriental’s Asian heritage with a strong sense of place and presence,” was inspired by the vitality of the hotel activities at its base and the desire to invigorate the street and surroundings. The exterior consists of transparent and semi-transparent glass panels that change color at night and offer views of the ever-changing lifecycle of activity and lighting within the building. The sleek glass form is split into two volumes, with one volume articulated as a thin shard of glass facing the lake, and another volume facing west and deferring to the taller element as it peels back in a graceful arc to reveal a luminous lantern.

With interior design by Washington, D.C.-based Avery Brooks & Associates, the Mandarin tower is changing the hotel trends. According to Todd Avery-Lenahan, the firm’s president, “Guest rooms are not in the paradigm of the typical hotel room. Their overall floor plan, configuration and the way they are fitted out is more aligned to a finely planned urban environment.” Lenahan explains that the integration of high technology for business travelers, distinctively custom features for all guest rooms, multi-use expectation for both travelers and residents, and a setting that will act as “the new social stage for Chicago’s social events,” culminates in one revolutionary and innovative hotel design.

The Mandarin Oriental brand, with its trademark 11-bladed gold fan logo, received top honors in North America among luxury hotel chains in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2005 Business Travel Awards and was named the World’s Leading Luxury Spa Operator by the Robb Report in 2006. With 9,500 rooms in 20 countries now operating or under development, Mandarin Oriental has 15 hotels in Asia, 12 in the Americas and seven in Europe and North Africa. M.O. hotels will be going up in Riviera Maya, Mexico, and Hainan Island, China in 2007; Barcelona and Boston in 2008; Dallas, Las Vegas, Macau, Marrakech, Turks, Calcos and Grand Cayman in 2009; and Guangzhou, Taipei and Paris in 2010.

The first hotel of the Group, “The Mandarin” opened in Hong Kong in September, 1963, and the group began its expansion in Asia in 1974 as the “Mandarin International Hotels Limited,” and acquired a 49% interest in “The Oriental” Hotel in Bangkok, also a legendary property. The Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park in London is known for its amazing restaurant foliage, which is regarded as one of the best in London and is often frequented by celebrities including Madonna.

To find out more information about the Mandarin Oriental Tower, Chicago, visit the sales center at 160 N. Stetson, call 312-540-1515 or visit www.mandarintowerchicago.com.
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Old April 11th, 2007, 05:10 PM   #277
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I predict a month from now, this one will be up an running.
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Old April 11th, 2007, 09:30 PM   #278
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That would make a lot of people on this forum, including myself, very happy.
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Old April 11th, 2007, 09:34 PM   #279
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I predict it'll T/O in two months.
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Old April 11th, 2007, 10:10 PM   #280
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I predict an hour later they'll want to build another one.
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