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Old October 26th, 2005, 12:42 AM   #21
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sorry, to comment on this so much LOL. This is just very intrigueing. I almost do like the contract the two towers give each other (at least in the proposal). I don't know if it would work in actuality but they almost do give each a kind of balence of some kind.
However it would effectively ruin a good many of the Fordnams views that would kill the project so I don't think the two are ultimatley compatiable.
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Old October 26th, 2005, 12:51 AM   #22
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A tall freestanding tower is just not right for Chicago, this is a skyscraper town, we build height here with actual buildings. Also just a few blocks from the Fordham Spire? Thats just crazy and makes no sense. I say they should just put broadcasting equipment at the top of Fordham Spire, its logical since afterall it will be the highest point in Chicago. Also if they really want another observation deck and restaurant they should just put it in Fordham Spire as well.

Oh come on.... this thing looks just like a skyscraper. If they announced this as a skyscraper and said it had 120 floors or something like that, but released the same renderings, no one would question whether it was a skyscraper or not.
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Old October 26th, 2005, 01:42 AM   #23
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this seems to be a vision/fantasy project.or is it just me it seems like this is just to take the attention of the fordham tower
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Old October 26th, 2005, 02:39 AM   #24
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Wow, it's not bad. I agree however that it is a bit too close to Fordham.
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Old October 26th, 2005, 02:49 AM   #25
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I like Fordham Spire and this tower standing cheek-by-jowl. It's like Good vs. Evil.
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Old October 26th, 2005, 02:55 AM   #26
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nooooooooooooooooo! That just ugly. This building next to the fordham is a joke.
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Old October 26th, 2005, 03:18 AM   #27
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Wow... look like an evil twins of each other! Of course, Fordham is good twin

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Old October 26th, 2005, 03:44 AM   #28
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I quite like the tower. It just doesn't fit in the skyline
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Old October 26th, 2005, 03:48 AM   #29
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build it that building is awsome it looks like one of the best buildings ever. I like futuristic buildings.
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Old October 26th, 2005, 04:01 AM   #30
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So i guess we'll never get to see what this project at 500 N was going to be. I would rather a have 60 story apartment tower designed by Ralph Johnson than this huge piece of trash. Oh well.

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Old October 26th, 2005, 04:06 AM   #31
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Wow. You're right. This would take up 500 N. LSD's lot. But I think mostly everyone agrees this tower needs another location, so hopefully we can have both.
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Old October 26th, 2005, 06:24 AM   #32
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This isn't China...
Can't we think of anything a little bit more "Chicago-worthy?"
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Old October 26th, 2005, 06:32 AM   #33
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Sweet!
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Old October 26th, 2005, 07:23 AM   #34
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Just wondering if someone can photoshop this tower into the wolf point location. I think that location would be 10x better. I know several people mentioned this, so just curious how it would look.
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Old October 26th, 2005, 04:22 PM   #35
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Like the height...not the building
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Old October 26th, 2005, 04:24 PM   #36
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For a TV tower, you guys should admit it doesn't look that bad.
But the location doesn't seem good, nor the fact it's so close to the Fordham.
Buuuuuuut, how cool would it look to have these two supertall structures being built at the same time?
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Old October 26th, 2005, 10:32 PM   #37
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For now, Daley neutral on TV tower proposal
Published October 26, 2005 (chicago tribune)

CHICAGO -- Mayor Richard Daley on Tuesday declined to take a position on a proposed broadcast tower near Navy Pier, but he said he expected more proposals aimed at television stations to be made.

J. Paul Beitler and LR Development Co. on Monday confirmed plans for a 2,000-foot tower to be located along Lake Shore Drive, between Grand Avenue and Illinois Street, which would include an observation deck, restaurants, and broadcast antennas. Noted architect Cesar Pelli would be the designer.

"It's just the proposal," Daley said. "There will be plenty of public hearings and public input. It's too early for anyone to draw any conclusions yet."

Daley also said more proposals may come in for broadcast towers, like the Pelli-designed tower, and a condominium/hotel skyscraper, to be designed by Santiago Calatrava and located a few blocks away, at Lake Shore Drive and the Chicago River. Daley said he did not know specifics about other proposals.
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Old October 26th, 2005, 11:37 PM   #38
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Tall TV tower may increase traffic, and tourist money, in Streeterville

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Published October 26, 2005

For the venture proposing a 2,000-foot-tall broadcast tower for a site near Navy Pier, arranging financing could be the easiest part of the project.

"Traffic is the No. 1 concern," said Jim Houston, president of the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents, a vocal neighborhood group expected to closely scrutinize the development.

Developer J. Paul Beitler and LR Development Co. on Tuesday confirmed plans for the tower on a site along Lake Shore Drive between Illinois Street and Grand Avenue. The proposed tower, with its observation deck and restaurants, raises different concerns than the condominium towers already under construction in the area, Houston said.

"It's an Eiffel Tower type situation," he said.

The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, which runs Navy Pier, will also take a close look at congestion problems, said Theodore R. Tetzlaff, chairman of the authority. But the proposed tower could fill in a sightseeing gap between Michigan Avenue and the pier.

"Anything we can do to properly expand the attractions as people move down to the pier would be good for the people that visit us," he said.

The tower may not increase the number of tourists to Navy Pier as much as increase what they spend in the area, said Beitler, president and chief executive of the Chicago-based real estate firm that bears his name.

While agreements must still be signed with broadcasters, Chicago-based LaSalle Bank and pension fund National Electrical Benefit Fund have expressed interest in financing the project, he said.
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Old October 26th, 2005, 11:51 PM   #39
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2,000-foot 'antenna' could land near Navy Pier

October 26, 2005

BY DAVID ROEDER Business Reporter


First there was the drill-bit building. Now, about a block from it on the city's lakefront, comes a proposal for something that looks like needle-nosed pliers.

Veteran dealmakers J. Paul Beitler and LR Development Co. LLC said Tuesday they have shown the city plans for a 2,000-foot-tall tower that would serve as an antenna host for the digital broadcast needs of local stations.

The tower would be the tallest in the city, which would be necessary to provide clear broadcast signals.

Proposed for an empty lot LR controls at Peshtigo and Illinois streets in Streeterville, the tower would contain some restaurants near its top and a parking garage at the bottom. The balance of the design by architect Cesar Pelli would just be the structure's see-through bracing.

It's a new variation of an idea that has knocked around the city for years. Chicago's TV stations in the late 1990s considered different locations for an antenna tower, but ended up renewing agreements with the Sears Tower and John Hancock Center. That could happen again, and that's only one of the obstacles facing the proposed $300 million project.

The site is across Lake Shore Drive from Lake Point Tower and Navy Pier and immediately north of a proposed 115-story condominium building, the drill bit designed by Santiago Calatrava. The height of the Calatrava building is indefinite, but it could reach 2,000 feet with a spire.

With aldermanic and mayoral elections ahead in 2007, both projects could have a tough haul getting city approval.

Beitler, whose plans for a "world's tallest building'' at Madison and Wells fell apart in the 1980s, said he showed the antenna tower to Mayor Daley a couple of weeks ago. He said the mayor and downtown's alderman, Burton Natarus (42nd), encouraged him to file a zoning request for the project, but urged him to seek neighborhood support.

LR President Thomas Weeks said the building should add relatively little to traffic congestion. He said it'll serve as an extra attraction for Navy Pier tourists.

"This is quite a compelling alternative'' to the standard proposal for a condo building, Weeks said. "We believe the neighborhood will accept it, if not embrace it.''

A spokesman for the city's Planning Department had no comment on the proposal. Jim Houston, president of the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents, said the civic group will have no position until it sees details.

Beitler said the project has a commitment for construction financing from LaSalle Bank.

The estimated three-year construction project could begin next July if city approvals are received, Beitler said.
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Old October 26th, 2005, 11:56 PM   #40
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That is butt ugly and will scar Chicago forever. Looks like another 3 pronger wanker posted (Malaysian???).

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