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Old March 2nd, 2009, 09:32 AM   #201
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jibba, thanks for the update from BCO. I haven't made it to one of their meetings in years -- used to be on the board, too. ah well, time passes.

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Any news on the Midwest Bank building?
the developer's insistence on the parking garage makes some of us wonder if he's signed a retail tenant that's demanding the parking. as mentioned above, I cannot see how a parking garage here would possibly make money, especially with the price he's paid for that land.
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Old March 6th, 2009, 07:05 AM   #202
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The WP edition of Chicago Journal will disappear, leaving a hole in local news coverage.
http://chicagojournal.com/main.asp?S...ArticleID=7187

(The south/west Loop one will continue.)
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Old March 11th, 2009, 03:23 AM   #203
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just heard that Midwest Bank is moving out this summer, to somewhere on North. the developer has a revised proposal for retail, an upper-floor health club, and 66 parking spaces.
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Old March 27th, 2009, 03:35 AM   #204
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^I'm assuming those 66 spaces are the same ones slotted for the parking garage on Damen north of North, considering the numbers match up, or are there going to be additional spaces created for the retail inside the old bank building? At any rate, I'm thrilled that the bank will be moving out, if only because those heinous black windows that currently mar the building will likely be gone provided there are first-floor tenants that will require higher visibility of their space. It would be great to strip off the ugly cream/royal blue paint scheme, too, but I suppose that's very wishful thinking, at least for the near future.
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Old April 14th, 2009, 01:54 AM   #205
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the developer has a revised proposal for retail, an upper-floor health club, and 66 parking spaces.
whoops, shoulda clarified: this proposal is for what's now the Damen Ave. parking lot.

while the bank building's exterior can only improve, I'm actually a bit worried about interior changes -- he's going to want to squeeze every last foot out of the building, and the great open space within the bank (and views of the coffered ceiling*) might be a casualty. plus, the landmark law does not protect interiors.

the bank is moving to ~2130 W North.

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Old April 19th, 2009, 04:28 AM   #206
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^I figured as much. Wow, though; that ceiling is stunning. I had no idea as I've never been inside. That would be quite a shame to lose that gem. Perhaps they'll find a first floor tenant interested in the entire space, but even then nothing is safe I suppose.
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Old April 30th, 2009, 01:10 AM   #207
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So Filter is opening up on Milwaukee again? Strange that in this recession old places like Bigsby & Kruthers and Filter are coming back.
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Old May 1st, 2009, 11:37 AM   #208
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apparently so - next to the new Copenhagen cycle shop. I'll see if I can get confirmation from the architect.

edit: confirmed last week
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Old May 9th, 2009, 07:22 PM   #209
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The latest plans for the Wicker Park Collection, 1372 N. Milwaukee, will replace the Walgreens and its parking lot for a 30,000 sf retail building with parking. The plans are in this pdf document below:

http://www.preferreddevelopment.com/...nformation.pdf

Looks like a huge improvement over the current sea of asphalt that occupies that space..
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Old May 9th, 2009, 09:07 PM   #210
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^Well, not as bad as I was anticipating, which isn't saying much. I'm not psyched about the faux-historic look to the retail frontage, but it appears as though the parking faces the L tracks, although they probably didn't have a choice as it's likely that no curb cuts can face "P"-designated Milwaukee. Unfortunately, the rents in this development will likely be too high to attract anything in the "basic needs" category, so once Walgreen's is out that stretch of Milwaukee all the way from Damen to Ashland is going to be all clothing and bars.
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Old May 9th, 2009, 11:51 PM   #211
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Looks decent enough, though I wish there were a few more floors tacked on. Hopefully they have success in landing good tenants. And I'm OK with this being mostly upscale stores/bars/restaurants because there are plenty of new and old buildings with mediocre retail spaces that are unattractive to designers but fine for a dry cleaners or CVS
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Old May 17th, 2009, 01:05 AM   #212
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^Too bad CVS cares nothing for the sites they choose to occupy. They don't respectfully appropriate themselves into the neighborhood--they're in the business of wholesale decimation. The more boutiques that open in Wicker Park and Bucktown the less basic-needs type stores there are, and the more incentive CVS and Walgreen's have to snap up huge parcels of vintage building stock to shit their piles of crap on. Oh well, people will build what people want I guess.
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Old May 17th, 2009, 01:59 AM   #213
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^Jibba, do you happen to have any photos of that Urban Sandbox development, specifically the 4 story building? I saw it briefly lit up one night and it looked pretty cool.
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Old May 17th, 2009, 10:04 PM   #214
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^I have a few that are really old, but I've been meaning to get a recent picture of the development since the buildings that have been started thus-far are nearing completion. I'll walk by and grab some shots today and this evening.
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Old May 20th, 2009, 07:06 AM   #215
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Vision:


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Old May 20th, 2009, 05:44 PM   #216
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^Thanks. It looks very nice and like something you'd see on the West Coast (esp. the last shot).
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Old May 20th, 2009, 06:58 PM   #217
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Thanks Jibba, definitely a nice development.

If it had only replaced a parking lot, it would have been perfect. But alas, such was not the case and so the project is forever tarnished in my mind
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Old May 20th, 2009, 07:07 PM   #218
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It did replace a parking lot. Most of it anyway.
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Old May 20th, 2009, 07:16 PM   #219
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^ Sorry, I wasn't clear--I was referring to Urban Sandbox.
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Ahhh.

EDIT- I wasn't paying attention. I thought the whole thing was Vision.
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