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Old July 6th, 2006, 09:40 AM   #121
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Dennis McClendon, board member of the South Loop Neighbors, says Ziv was shouted down as a "NIMBY" by a group of architecture students who later identified themselves as a group dubbed Citizens for Better Planning. McClendon, who has voiced opposition to the high-rise project, said that he didn’t recognize the architecture buffs from the neighborhood, and said they loudly supported the project.


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Old July 7th, 2006, 09:19 PM   #122
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^No, it is not. That is not the kind of image CBP wants. No one in the org wishes to be identified as or with knee jerk irrational grandstanding from the crowd. In fact, no one at the meeting can speak on behalf of CBP, as CBP has made no postion, nor has it even publicly annouced itself.

Additionnally, CBP is not just a group of architecture students, but people from a wide variety of backrounds. Some live withing a block radius of the block as well.

In summation, every single assertion in that paragraph is absolutely, 100% wrong. A letter, which has yet to be finalized, is being sent to the article's author refuting every defamitory claim assigned to CBP.
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Old July 7th, 2006, 10:39 PM   #123
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I know, that's what made it funny; they are so one-sided. Their irrogance and selfishness is unbelievable.
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Old July 8th, 2006, 06:12 AM   #124
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Skyscraper planned for South Loop
BY MARK LAWTON | CONTRIBUTOR
July 6, 2006

YWCA would lose all but facade


A proposed 80-story skyscraper at 830 S. Michigan Avenue could be a first step in matching the low-rise buildings of the South Loop to the high-rises of the North Loop. Or so suggested proponents of an 850-foot residential building at a presentation by Renaissant Development on June 29 at Jones College Prep High School.

"It begins to balance the South Loop with the North Loop," said George Pappageorge, principal at architectural firm Pappageorge/Haymes.

In spite of its address, the tower would be located on a lot along Wabash. It would be connected to the Young Women's Christian Association building on Michigan Avenue - or rather the YWCA façade, as Renaissant Development plans to tear down all but the front of the 1895 structure.

"The YWCA has a great façade and behind that is a building that has some great problems," said Pappageorge. "We're going to keep the front wall and build a new modern structure behind it."

Warren Barr, owner of Renaissant, added, "We looked very closely at ways to save the building. There just wasn't any feasible way to do it."

The relatively narrow tower would hold 376 condominiums with most floors containing six condos. Residents would have access to 404 parking spaces, a rooftop garden where the YWCA once was, a grocery store, spa and restaurant.

Vehicle access would be off 9th Street. A traffic impact study has not been done although one would eventually be required as the proposal goes through the city's Planned Development process.

Bob O'Neill, president of the Grant Park Advisory Council, likes the proposal, which he says would add symmetry.

"Our greatest concern is that it won't get built," said O'Neill. "We are working to frame Grant Park with tall buildings. So much of the (high-rise) development went to the north of Congress (Parkway)."

The idea of a skyscraper, however, appears to go against the city's vision for the South Loop. According to the Near South Community Plan (available on the city's Web site), new buildings should "respect and complement the existing scale and architectural character of existing buildings." Building heights "should reflect the predominant height of nearby existing buildings."

"The plan has been profoundly ignored by Alderman Madeline Haithcock, 2nd, and the Department of Planning and Development," said Printer's Row resident Peter Ziv.

Alderman Haithcock spoke in favor of the proposed project.

"Wabash is getting to be quite a street," said Haithcock. "This building will do nothing but add to it."

Tony Benz, a spokesman for the Department of Planning and Development, did not return Skyline's calls.

The proposed project, said O'Neill, is a compromise between a desire to build tall buildings around Grant Park and preserve historic buildings along Michigan Avenue.

James Peters, director of preservation planning at the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois, suggests the developer try harder to preserve the majority of the YWCA, which he describes has historically significant.

"It deserves a little more than, "we can't do it," said Peters.

If approved, construction would begin in the third quarter of 2007 with occupancy beginning in late 2009.
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Old July 9th, 2006, 09:56 PM   #125
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There's no such thing as "too tall". WTF!
especially not near grant park, the loop, and the lake! There can be no such thing as too tall
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Old July 10th, 2006, 02:08 AM   #126
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As someone who wants the south side to get more attention, I can't believe that the city actually wants to relegate big development to just the north side. The south side should be given the freedom to bloom, that's what crafted such great neighborhoods in the past.
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Old September 10th, 2006, 07:33 PM   #127
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Well, the website for the tower is now up and running.

www.parkmichigan.com
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Old October 27th, 2006, 11:42 AM   #128
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That link doesn't go anywhere...or at least it no longer does.
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Old October 27th, 2006, 05:18 PM   #129
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That link doesn't go anywhere...or at least it no longer does.
Works for me.
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Old November 1st, 2006, 02:34 PM   #130
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Leopardo Chosen for $200M Condo Tower
By Robert Carr

CHICAGO| Leopardo Construction has been selected as general contractor for the $200 million Park Michigan, an 80-story condominium tower that will be built on a less-than-8,000 sf footprint at 830 S. Michigan. The developer is 830 S. Michigan LLC, as represented by Warren Burr with Renaissant Development Group. Pappageorge/Haymes is the architect of the 900,000-sf tower, which Leopardo President Richard Mattioda says will be the 10th tallest building in city, as well as the tallest property in the Loop south of Van Buren Avenue.

“This tower on Michigan Avenue will balance out the Loop, considering the large condo developments going up on the north side of downtown,” Mattioda told GlobeSt.com in an exclusive interview Oct. 31. “To us, it’s a great property and location, and it will be the most prominent project because of its size.” He says the property will be predominantly condo, with about 376 units, as well as 35,000 sf of retail, including a grocery store, a spa and a 9,000 sf restaurant.

The small footprint is one unusual aspect of the building, Mattioda says. “It’s a little under 8,000 sf, that’s pretty small considering we’re going 855 feet in the air. It’s going to require some very delicate logistics building in an area that fronts both Wabash and Michigan avenues.” The building is set back on Wabash, behind the 19th century YWCA building on Michigan.

Construction on the building will begin in late 2007 for delivery in 2010. Mattioda says the expense planning was difficult for a three-year building project, considering the shakiness of the economy and building material prices. “Because of the timeframe, we’re budgeting from preliminary documents. I think we’re going to have to deal with potential price escalation, and procure major materials as early into the process so we can get a lock.”

The 376 units will consist of one- to four-bedroom condos ranging from 700 to 3,000 sf. Lower levels will be comprised of six units each narrowing to two units per floor at the top. Additional amenities include landscaped decks, green roofs, indoor and outdoor pools, fitness center, 470-plus condo parking spaces and an illuminated crown to serve as a beacon for the South Loop skyline.
Renaissant is also the developer of condo projects such as the 253-unit Vision on State and 1000. S. Michigan Avenue, as well as Park Lafayette, a $115-million project on Milwaukee’s East Side. Leopardo recently completed Lakeside Tower, a 20-story, 143-unit condominium totaling 243,000 sf in Chicago’s South Loop, and is 45 percent complete with Vision on State. Leopardo is also in the preconstruction phase of a 525,000-sf hotel waterpark resort in Hoffman Estates.
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Old November 1st, 2006, 06:21 PM   #131
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I think the timeline is going to doom this one. They have plenty of time to back out before they break ground and that makes me nervous.
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 03:09 AM   #132
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 06:06 AM   #133
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[candidates] could seek to gain the 2nd Ward Nimby vote in Printer's Row and Dearborn Park by opposing this development.
Or they could reassure us that developers must actually observe the Near South Community Plan, an 18-month-old plan adopted by the Plan Commission, that limits buildings in that area to 350 feet.
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 07:29 AM   #134
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Or they could reassure us that developers must actually observe the Near South Community Plan, an 18-month-old plan adopted by the Plan Commission, that limits buildings in that area to 350 feet.
Ha.
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 12:45 PM   #136
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Dammit, the link does work now. They must've fixed it or something.

Anyway glad to see this one is running. Even the most cold-hearted town-house loving NIMBY has to admit it's a beauty. Shows how great the late modern style can be when applied properly. Will make me top 20 US highrises when/if built.
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 07:35 PM   #137
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Or they could reassure us that developers must actually observe the Near South Community Plan, an 18-month-old plan adopted by the Plan Commission, that limits buildings in that area to 350 feet.
^ Peter Ziv?
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 09:11 PM   #138
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Old November 3rd, 2006, 05:58 AM   #139
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Would you really prefer a fat tub of a building rather than a soaring tower?
Not what's being discussed here. The site isn't very big. The choices are tall and thin or reasonable-height and thin. No one would consider Willoughby Tower or The Lancaster or Hyatt McCormick Place a "fat tub of a building."

And I certainly think it's wiser in the long run to follow a plan telling what size building can be built rather than waiting to see how pretty the building is (or how well-connected the developer is).
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Old November 3rd, 2006, 06:01 AM   #140
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Not what's being discussed here. The site isn't very big. The choices are tall and thin or reasonable-height and thin. No one would consider Willoughby Tower or The Lancaster or Hyatt McCormick Place a "fat tub of a building."

And I certainly think it's wiser in the long run to follow a plan telling what size building can be built rather than waiting to see how pretty the building is (or how well-connected the developer is).
What's so horrible about a tall building at that location?
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