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Old July 12th, 2009, 10:51 PM   #381
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Upcoming Informational Meeting for the 501 N. Clark Street Development Proposal

Alderman Reilly invites neighborhood residents to attend an upcoming informational meeting to review a proposed zoning amendment at 501 North Clark Street, located at the corner of Clark Street and Grand Avenue. The development proposal calls for the construction of three hotels containing approximately 621 hotel rooms with no on-site parking provided. Friedman Properties and their architect, HOK Architects, will be making a full presentation of their proposal followed by Questions and Answers.

The 501 North Clark Street Development Proposal Informational Meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 28th at 6:00pm at Fulton's on the River, located at 315 North LaSalle Street, 1st Floor.

Please take advantage of this opportunity to engage in a direct dialogue with Friedman Properties and HOK Architects to gain a better understanding of their development proposal.
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Old July 14th, 2009, 11:37 PM   #382
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http://www.chicagorealestatedaily.co...ws.pl?id=34743

Benihana terminates lease at planned project

Restaurant chain Benihana Inc. has pulled out of a lease in a mixed-use development near State and Erie streets. The Miami-based company terminated its lease because of construction delays with the unidentified project, Benihana President Juan Garcia said in a June 29 conference call with analysts. Benihana signed the lease in 2007 to replace a shuttered location at 166 E. Superior St. in Streeterville, where the company had been located for almost 40 years. The exact location of the Erie Street project could not be determined, and a spokesman for Benihana said he could not immediately comment.
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I'm assuming this is the 9 West Erie project which, contrary to what some have stated, actually did have retail space.
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Old July 16th, 2009, 01:34 AM   #383
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Gansevoort Hotel (Bofill's "glass temple") - 237 rooms, rooftop bar and pool, lounge, two restaurants






Of course now we'll get that 2 story John Barleycorn. :rolleyes:
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Old July 16th, 2009, 08:13 PM   #384
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A squished version of the United Building on Wacker. Yay!
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Old July 16th, 2009, 08:54 PM   #385
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Gansevoort Hotel (Bofill's "glass temple") - 237 rooms, rooftop bar and pool, lounge, two restaurants
Of course now we'll get that 2 story John Barleycorn. :rolleyes:
I would rather have a 2 story Barleycorn, than a surface lot. Particularly in River North, where there is so much available land to build on.
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Old August 2nd, 2009, 09:53 PM   #386
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501 N Clark - Aloft, Hyatt Place, Fairfield Inn
621 rooms total, no on-site parking


Aloft bar

Clark + Illinois

Hyatt entrance (Illinois)

Fairfield entrance (Illinois)


North

West

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Old August 3rd, 2009, 06:09 PM   #387
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More hotels in River North is fine, but can someone please finish Staybridge before it blows away?
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Old August 5th, 2009, 02:39 AM   #388
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Another historic building to be lost in River North

The problem with the above project is that it calls for the demolition of the historic three-story building at 501 N. Clark that looks like it was built in the 1870's.

What are we getting in return? Nothing very interesting. They should be required to build around the 501 N. Clark building.

Another possibility is to move the 501 N. Clark building down the street. We have the technology to do that.

River North has lost a lot of historic buildings in the past ten years. We should try to keep some historic character to the area.
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Old August 5th, 2009, 11:39 AM   #389
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Why is the building historic? Is it only historic because its old? What happened there to make you/whoever think it should be considered historic?

Just want to know.
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The Chicago Architecture Blog had a piece on this a couple of days ago with more information:

http://blog.chicagoarchitecture.info...for-river.html
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Old August 10th, 2009, 03:04 PM   #391
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The problem with the above project is that it calls for the demolition of the historic three-story building at 501 N. Clark that looks like it was built in the 1870's.
As noted in the blog mentioned above, 501 North Clark is from 1947 not the 1870's.
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Old August 11th, 2009, 12:02 AM   #392
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Yes, an old bank building from 1947 is not a historic building. That is like what we are having right now in Century City in Los Angeles. The Century Plaza hotel is being saved because its old. It did have its hayday but nothing important happened there other than a few celebrities staying there a long time ago.
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Old August 11th, 2009, 07:07 PM   #393
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Makes me wonder whether a new rail line will be needed, maybe one along the river. Or a stop on the Brown line between Sedgwick and Chicago.
Well, a riverbank line has been proposed for at least 20 years now. That would be a perfect use of TIF, actually, especially with all the new development right above it, but... no, Daley doesn't believe in using TIFs to capture the value spun off from lasting public works (besides Millennium Park and the abandoned Block 37 tunnel). He'd rather write big fat checks to developers and/or plant flowers.

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The problem with the above project is that it calls for the demolition of the historic three-story building at 501 N. Clark that looks like it was built in the 1870's.
I'm not sure where 1947 came from -- the assessor says it was built in 1891, and although it's not on the Historic Resources Survey many of its neighbors along Clark (412, 418, 429, 430, 436, 441, 443, 445, 447, 449, 502, 510, 536, 642, 646) are. That has the potential to be a historic district of ca. 1870-1890 Italianate commercial buildings, a reminder of downtown's history as a huge agglomeration of Main Street USA-style buildings.

Nice to see more mid-range hotels in the area, though it's a little strange that one developer would cram so many flags (literally, in the case of the rendering) into one project. Seems like it'd be simpler to go with different brands from the same company, but ah well.
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Old August 13th, 2009, 02:22 PM   #394
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An article on 501 Clark that TUP posted on SSP....

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A pitch for new hotels
Developer doesn’t want current buildings landmarked

08/12/2009 10:00 PM

By IAN FULLERTON
Contributing Reporter

RIVER NORTH
A prominent River North developer has laid groundwork plans to build three conjoined hotels in the neighborhood.

The 379,000 square foot development, slated to be built between Dearborn, Clark, Illinois and Grand avenues, would stand 200 feet tall and total 621 rooms, with no planned parking.

The hotels would include a Hyatt Place, Aloft and Fairfield Inn & Suites.

Developer Al Friedman, of Friedman Properties, said the limited-service hotels would draw tourists looking for reasonable rates in the culture-heavy district.

“We have found that tourists want to stay in a facility with free breakfast and internet access,” he said. “That is the sweet spot of the Chicago tourism industry.”

Friedman has worked on numerous River North projects over the past thirty years and owns fifty properties in the area.

At a recent community meeting held to discuss the development, some attendees took issue with the plan.

Preservation Chicago President Jonathan Fine asked if the developers had considered preserving the building at 501 N. Clark, a late-19th century modified structure currently housing a North Bank.

“It’s an interesting building, but not historical,” said Friedman.

He noted that the building had several additions put on over the years, rendering it unfit for landmarking. Friedman concluded that the building “more appropriately belongs in Disneyland.”

Residents also questioned the decision to not include parking in the development.

Friedman responded by highlighting the Greenway Self Park Garage, currently under construction at 60 W. Kinzie, also his project. He added that the hotels would include full valet services.

One audience member called the design “uninspiring.”

After the meeting, Fine said he was not satisfied by Friedman’s decision to raze 501 N. Clark.

“Additions can be made, and over time, they can even lend to the historic value of a building,” he said.

An attorney for the developers said they hoped to bring the project before the Chicago Plan Commission on August 20.
The Disneyland comment is boorish. Just for that attitude I somehow hope that hope against all hope that the CPC will reject it.
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Old August 13th, 2009, 08:01 PM   #395
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The threatened building was constructed in the late 1800's---not in 1947. This building has been altered but not severely altered. It still is a good historic building.

Friedman's plan should be altered to preserve this building. One other option would be to move the building to the next block. However, you'd have to obtain the new location first and that would be difficult.
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Don't know whether it makes economic, or even historic sense to move the building. Friedman does own a ton of land in River North. He's also someone who cares passionately about the area, since he was instrumental in its revival. See an extended multi-part interview with Friedman at this playlist on YouTube.
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Old August 16th, 2009, 11:04 PM   #397
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New floor/deck going in on the rooftop of the old Britannica building? If so, could be fugly...
Does anyone have an update on this? Roof deck...green roof...?

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Old August 17th, 2009, 07:22 PM   #398
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Concrete was poured weeks ago, but no significant work since. There's never more than 2 people working at a time, and most of the time there's no one at all.
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Old August 18th, 2009, 11:54 PM   #399
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Thanks for the update, but damn, I was hoping for some amazing transformation up there. I'll cautiously keep my hopes up.

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