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Old January 15th, 2009, 05:47 PM   #221
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well, it's official, we'll never see a new chicagloand suburban tallest in evanston. however, if a developer can manage to get a 385' tower built on the fountain square block in the next real estate cycle, that would at least give evanston's skyline a nice peak and avoid the plateau effect that the NIMBY crowd was vehemently advocating for.


Aldermen back 385-foot height limit
Bill SmithThursday, Jan. 15, 2009, at 7:03 am

Evanston aldermen Monday voted to establish a 385-foot maximum height limit for the Fountain Square block downtown.

The 6-2 vote at a special Planning and Development Committee meeting came as aldermen worked their way through height limits for all of the downtown area, leaving most of them at the level proposed by the Plan Commission.

full article: http://www.evanstonnow.com/story/new...t-height-limit
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Old February 24th, 2009, 06:51 PM   #222
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well, it looks like the fountain square tower proposal is back from the dead with a new height. from evanstonnow.com:


Tower revamped for new height limit
Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, at 2:15 pm
Bill Smith

Developer Tim Anderson confirmed today that the 708 Church St. development team has submitted a revised proposal to the city for a 35-story tower.

The new plan slices three floors from the previous project design to bring it in under the 385-foot height limit for the Fountain Square block adopted by the City Council as part of the downtown plan earlier this month.

read more: http://www.evanstonnow.com/story/new...w-height-limit




if you want to see images of the new design, click the link below:

http://www.cityofevanston.org/depart...StAddendum.pdf

it appears to be pretty similar to the last design, but with 3 floors knocked off the top and the set back heights increased to make up for the lost square footage. overall, it still looks pretty good, if a bit more squat, and at nearly 400' it would still give evanston's cute little skyline the defining peak that it needs.
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Old February 24th, 2009, 07:24 PM   #223
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It's not as sexy as the original 49 story version, but hey... it's better than nothing. I'm surprised they're considering moving forward with anything at this point. Plus, they're shooting for LEED silver!

Cue the NIMBY's and get ready for a yard sign campaign full of misinformation and deception...
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Old March 4th, 2009, 06:37 PM   #224
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Evanston aldermen voted 6-3 tonight to approve the Fountain square tower project.

The vote came at a special session of the Planning and Development Committee.

http://www.evanstonnow.com/story/new...-fear-on-tower
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Old March 5th, 2009, 01:02 AM   #225
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^ yep. good news.

here's a rendering of the redesign:

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Old March 5th, 2009, 06:33 AM   #226
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I loved the original design but the new one is still pretty good. LEED Silver is awesome too!
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Old March 6th, 2009, 07:13 PM   #227
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some interesting height figures.

so i took the elevation from Booth Hansen that listed the roof height at 385' and took some scaled measurements off of it. granted, these are all approximate, but if BH's elevation was correctly drawn to scale, then these figures below are probably within inches of being accurate.


- height of parking podium: 59'-6"

- height of 1st setback: 178'-6

- height of 2nd setback: 278'-6" (which lines up very nicely with the 277' Chase Building and the 276' Sherman Plaza)

- roof height: 385'-0"

- total height to top of parapet mechanical screen: 409'-6"





so, if this project goes through at its proposed height, here's how the 10 tallest chicagoland skyscrapers would stack up:

  1. 418'/31 floors - Oak Brook Terrace Tower, Oak Brook Terrace
  2. 409'/35 floors - 708 Church Street, Evanston
  3. 395'/26 floors - The Gallagher Center, Itasca
  4. 277'/22 floors - Chase Building, Evanston
  5. 276'/25 floors - Sherman Plaza, Evanston
  6. 270'/20 floors - Zurich Towers 1, Schaumburg
  7. 270'/20 floors - Zurich Towers 2, Schaumburg
  8. 266'/19 floors - Esplanade 1, Downers Grove
  9. 265'/28 floors - Optima Views, Evanston
  10. 263'/21 floors - 425 Woodfield Corp. Center, Schaumburg

only 10 measly feet short of taking the title from oak brook terrace. son of a...............
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Old March 6th, 2009, 10:43 PM   #228
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so only the two story building will be razed then?
that ugly corner building lives on then? there is no justice
why?
this project looks good,
but it would be stupid to knock down the three story building

sometimes good buildings die
and sometimes bad buildings live on
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Old March 6th, 2009, 10:48 PM   #229
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YAY! I love the name of your town!
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Old March 6th, 2009, 11:40 PM   #230
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so only the two story building will be razed then?
uhhhhhh, that's been the plan all along, nothing has changed. from the very beginning this project was envisioned as a replacement for the 2 story 708 church building.



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that ugly corner building lives on then? there is no justice
why?
i don't know about justice, but tearing down the fountain square building would be a pointless waste. besides, it's really not the bad of a building.



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but it would be stupid to knock down the three story building
knocking down the 3 story hahn building has never been a part of the plan. the hahn building is a protected evanston landmark.
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Old March 10th, 2009, 05:14 PM   #231
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here's a quick photoshop i did with the tower put into the evanston skyline. the perspective is whacked, but i'm not very good with photoshop and i didn't feel like spending any more time on it.

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Old March 10th, 2009, 07:44 PM   #232
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preliminary approval was granted by the full council last night with finalization expected at the next city council meeting on march 23. all 6 alderman who voted in support at the P&D meeting, again voted in favor this time, even with the 5 year extension that the developer asked for, so the NIMBYs are really out of ammunition at this point, unless some big unknown game changing aspect about this project comes out.



from evanstonnow.com

No minds changed on tower
Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2009, at 9:54 am
Bill Smith

Plans for the 35-story Fountain Square tower project received preliminary approval from the full Evanston City Council Monday -- with the extension of time developers requested to begin construction.

full article: http://www.evanstonnow.com/story/new...anged-on-tower
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Old March 10th, 2009, 08:49 PM   #233
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I figured there would be all kinds of noise by the "Save Evanston, Stop the TOWER" group, but I guess now that TIF funding and height limits aren't an issue, they didn't have much left to complain about.

I'm glad that the developer is going to help fund a redesign of Fountain Square. Too bad the city sunk a bunch of money into repairs to that area just last year.

Also, this was done by Focus:
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Old March 24th, 2009, 05:08 PM   #234
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FINALLY!

now the fate of this project is entirely in the hands of the economy. they've got 5 years to hope things turn around.



Fountain Square tower approved
Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2009, at 7:12 am
Bill Smith

The Evanston City Council Monday voted 6-3 to give final approval to plans for a 35-story condominium tower at 708 Church St. on the Fountain Square block downtown.

The vote came after approval of one final amendment to the proposal, offered by Alderman Anjana Hansen, 9th Ward, at the suggestion of members of the Network for Evanston's Future.

full article: http://www.evanstonnow.com/story/new...tower-approved
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Old March 27th, 2009, 03:47 AM   #235
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^Awesome. I'm psyched about this one; I still say Evanston is going to end up with a tower as good as the original design. The time extension the developers requested is a promising bit of news as well--sounds like they are in this for the (relatively) long haul.
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^ yeah, they're definitely in it for the long haul, the development team of klutznick/focus is the same team that spent about 5 years bringing sherman plaza to fruition, and while the architectural result there is lamentable, i think that the developers are trying to redeem themselves a bit with this project by going with booth hansen at the architectural helm.
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From blue to silver

The cool blue boxy building on south ave just west of sheridan
is getting a facelift of sorts

instead being blue its becoming silver.
There are good things about the market collapsing
buildings that were worth fixing are getting fixed
instead of demolished




Now we get to look at a fenced in area of nothing
at Chicago and Main for HOW LONG?
that was stupid. I never understand why nothingness has to be fenced in
well i guess to prevent dumping, but
they might as well erect a temporary park, cuz
its gonna be awhile before that other building is put up

they didnt fence in the lot on central where the old evanston movie theatre was
why did they have to fence in chicago and main lot?
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Old April 16th, 2009, 07:52 PM   #238
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The cool blue boxy building on south ave just west of sheridan
is getting a facelift of sorts

instead being blue its becoming silver.
There are good things about the market collapsing
buildings that were worth fixing are getting fixed
instead of demolished




Now we get to look at a fenced in area of nothing
at Chicago and Main for HOW LONG?
that was stupid. I never understand why nothingness has to be fenced in
well i guess to prevent dumping, but
they might as well erect a temporary park, cuz
its gonna be awhile before that other building is put up

they didnt fence in the lot on central where the old evanston movie theatre was
why did they have to fence in chicago and main lot?
I noticed the blue/silver transition happening too. In fact, I just drove by that building this morning and it looks great. Funny that just a few years ago, I saw a proposal to tear down that building and replace it with a new condo building. Should be interesting to see the end result of the transformation.

As for fencing, I'm not really sure. Probably a liability thing if the site isn't completely graded flat and seeded. The central street site was indeed fenced in for a while before the developer graded it flat and planted grass. Same with the Kendall College site.
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Old June 11th, 2009, 07:58 PM   #239
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http://www.chicagotribune.com/busine...0,253387.story

Former observatory site one possible spot for Kellogg School of Management

By Greg Burns
8:54 AM CDT, June 11, 2009


Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management may be getting fresh digs in one of the most spectacular locations on the Evanston lakefront campus.

The vacant site of the Lindheimer Observatory, demolished in 1995, is the leading contender in the top-ranked business school's plans for a new home base. It would give future MBA students several hundred feet of waterfront as well as a view of the Chicago skyline.
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Old June 25th, 2009, 08:42 PM   #240
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[B]Former observatory site one possible spot for Kellogg School of Management
Beautiful location, but I wish they'd do something in place of that hidious parking ramp on the South end of the campus.
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