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Old January 31st, 2008, 07:32 AM   #141
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Does anyone know what is going up at the corner of Webster and Damen? This is right across from Bucktown Beanery. I have a feeling it is more condos with ground floor retail but there is no sign at the site which describes the project.
Yep, more of the same. Some kind of title issue kept them from developing it sooner. It's an extra deep site.
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Old March 26th, 2008, 05:36 AM   #142
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Look into the future of Wicker Park & Bucktown: Mar 29-Apr 5

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Old April 2nd, 2008, 12:25 AM   #143
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Take that, yuppies

First the artists and urban pioneers came in, peacefully coexisting with long-time residents of dicey-and-hip neighborhoods. Then, with the arrival of the gentry, the artists, urban pioneers, and long-time residents were priced out.

Now, the gentry is getting a taste of its own medicine, as reported in The Onion. Note the Wicker Park item! You can see the rest of it at The Onion website.



[B]The Onion
Report: Nation's Gentrified Neighborhoods Threatened By Aristocratization
March 31, 2008 | Issue 44•14

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"....According to a report released Tuesday by the Brookings Institution, a Washington-based think tank, the recent influx of exceedingly affluent powder-wigged aristocrats into the nation's gentrified urban areas is pushing out young white professionals, some of whom have lived in these neighborhoods for as many as seven years....."

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"A three-block section of [Chicago neighborhood] Wicker Park that once accommodated eight families, two vintage clothing stores, a French cleaners, and a gourmet bakery has been completely razed to make way for a private livery stable and carriage house," Kennedy said. "The space is now entirely unusable for affordable upper-income condominium housing. No one can live there except for the odd stable boy or footman who gets permission to sleep in the hayloft."
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 12:50 AM   #144
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"....According to a report released Tuesday by the Brookings Institution, a Washington-based think tank, the recent influx of exceedingly affluent powder-wigged aristocrats into the nation's gentrified urban areas is pushing out young white professionals, some of whom have lived in these neighborhoods for as many as seven years....."
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Old April 10th, 2008, 07:56 AM   #145
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Payless building to become artist lofts
Supportive housing snub riles activists

By TIMOTHY INKLEBARGER


he Chicago Department of Planning and Development has given preliminary approval to a proposal that would convert the six-story Morris B. Sachs Building at 2800 N. Milwaukee to affordable housing for artists.

...The building will be LEED certified as a green building and include a rooftop garden, solar heating for water and possibly a wind turbine for electricity in common areas, Sciortino said.
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Old April 10th, 2008, 08:26 AM   #146
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That's pretty cool!
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Old April 11th, 2008, 05:29 PM   #147
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Great news for the Sachs building. It's been defiled for long enough.
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Old April 12th, 2008, 10:13 PM   #148
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Bucktown blockbuster
By: Thomas A. Corfman April 14, 2008


A little-known developer has paid $18.4 million for a landmark bank building in the heart of Bucktown, a stunning price for a small structure far from downtown and the latest sign of the revival, or ruin, of the once-gritty neighborhood of boutiques and art galleries.
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The 24,000-square-foot building, including the basement, would probably be divided among several tenants, including possibly a restaurant or nightclub, he says, though he hasn't lined any up yet.

Mr. Goldman says the value of the deal is boosted by the parking lots. At 1611-15 N. Damen, he says he would build a three-story, brick-façade structure with about 10,800 square feet of retail space and parking for up to 70 cars, depending on zoning approval.
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Old April 13th, 2008, 02:59 AM   #149
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Great news for the Sachs building. It's been defiled for long enough.
I met a guy from Brinshore Development today randomly at the Cultural Center, where there was a Chicago Artists' Resources Fair (I just walked in trying to dry off from the rain). We talked a little about the sustainability aspects of the Sachs Building project, the preservation aspects, etc.

Displayed was a very nice rendering that showed how they plan to restore the building. If it is built as rendered, I don't think we can hope for anything better - the existing facade on the second floor will be duplicated on the first floor in a similar material, and the reliefs will be restored at the crown.

I was also told that they plan to do focus groups with artists to ensure that the spaces they build will be desirable and therefore be occupied.
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Old April 15th, 2008, 02:59 AM   #150
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Boo to 70 car parking spaces on that lot -- the intersection is already hopelessly backed up. Multi-story retail is the way to go.

ALSO, please share your vision for Wicker Park & Bucktown's future by sending a Virtual Postcard From the Future! http://wpbssa.wordpress.com
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Old April 15th, 2008, 08:38 AM   #151
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^That's going to take me quite a while...
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Old April 15th, 2008, 07:56 PM   #152
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Logan Square Brew pub

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Revolution brewing in Logan Square

April 15, 2008

Goose Island Beer Co. may be forced to quit its original North Side location, but investors are laying plans for another brewpub not far away in Logan Square.

Revolution Brewing LLC says it plans to buy a building at 2323 N. Milwaukee and turn it into a brewpub by late 2009. Managing Partner Josh Deth said he and about 30 investors will spend $3 million to turn a printing shop into a 180-seat restaurant.....
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Old April 20th, 2008, 12:18 AM   #153
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Old April 22nd, 2008, 08:42 AM   #154
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RCR tears down a fantastic old wooden loft building to build... lofts? Their initial plan (when they filed for a rezoning) was to build ten gargantuan houses. Their first two haven't sold. Just loft-converting the original building would've saved a lot of cash.
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Old April 22nd, 2008, 08:56 AM   #155
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^That's going to take me quite a while...
Just jot a few quick thoughts down. I haven't seen an overwhelming response -- and really, if we can't come up with positive visions for the neighborhood, then the NIMBYs and their negativity will truly have won. C'mon, give it a try.
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Old April 22nd, 2008, 04:43 PM   #156
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RCR tears down a fantastic old wooden loft building to build... lofts? Their initial plan (when they filed for a rezoning) was to build ten gargantuan houses. Their first two haven't sold. Just loft-converting the original building would've saved a lot of cash.
^ Agreed, although I have to admit, this is one of the few situations where I think that what replaced it is equal in quality. Love the unique modernist designs..
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Old April 24th, 2008, 08:17 AM   #157
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http://chicagojournal.com/main.asp?S...86&TM=4408.777

Northwest Tower may become hotel
MCM developing plan with Waguespack

By TIMOTHY INKLEBARGER


New plans have surfaced to convert the Northwest Tower in Wicker Park to a boutique hotel.

Paul Sajovec, chief of staff to 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack, said the plan for the 77-foot-tall tower would include redevelopment of the adjacent Hollander building and other historic buildings nearby. Those buildings could be used in conjunction with the hotel and include "condo-style" extended stay rooms, Sajovec said.
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Noel Bank building sold for $18.4 million
Development team to build 85- to 95-car garage

By TIMOTHY INKLEBARGER


One of Wicker Park's most recognized historic structures, the Noel State Bank building, 1601 N. Milwaukee, and a nearby parking lot have been purchased for $18.4 million.

Jon Goldman, a principal of CG Development, gave few details about plans for the building, which currently houses Midwest Bank, but said, "Our preference would be to put retail there. It's possible that a bank could be there."
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Old April 25th, 2008, 06:30 AM   #158
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[=New plans have surfaced to convert the Northwest Tower in Wicker Park to a boutique hotel.

Paul Sajovec, chief of staff to 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack, said the plan for the 77-foot-tall tower would include redevelopment of the adjacent Hollander building and other historic buildings nearby.
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Noel Bank building sold for $18.4 million
Development team to build 85- to 95-car garage

By TIMOTHY INKLEBARGER


One of Wicker Park's most recognized historic structures, the Noel State Bank building, 1601 N. Milwaukee, and a nearby parking lot have been purchased for $18.4 million.

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This could be good news. But there's no way NW Tower is 77 feet tall!
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Old April 25th, 2008, 07:03 PM   #159
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Goldman plans to open a 4,400-square-foot Dairy Queen/Orange Julius at 1649 N. Damen in early June. The restaurant will include two separate party rooms on the second floor.
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Old April 29th, 2008, 07:50 AM   #160
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I'm so glad that I moved from this area.
What do people have against Dairy Queen? I've only been there a few times as a child, and it never struck me as particularly memorable or offensive. However, I don't remember anywhere near this much whining and moaning when Cold Stone Creamery (another shopping-mall franchise of forgettable frozen milk) opened -- nor when Potbelly and Chipotle almost simultaneously opened. Club Monaco, which you can find even on the godforesaken tundra (i.e., Winnipeg), put up their "coming soon" signs at the same time. So, what's up with all the "there goes the neighborhood" talk?

The way I see it, the owner of the building happens to be a DQ franchisee and sees a cheap profit-making opportunity -- which will help underwrite his grander schemes.
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