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Old January 23rd, 2006, 05:49 PM   #1
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Chicago: Fordham Spire Progress and Changes Reported in TV Spire Plan

The developer of a planned 2,000-foot-tall building near Navy Pier has modified its design while claiming substantial progress in his campaign to finance the $500 million venture.

Christopher Carley, chairman of Fordham Co., said interest from prospective investors and residents has been "beyond my wildest imagination." He said he hopes to nail down financing arrangements for the combined condominium and hotel building by the end of next month.

Carley submitted an application to City Hall on Jan. 13 seeking zoning authority for the building, which will contend for the title of "world's tallest,'' depending on the final height of its spire. The application starts an official review process that culminates in a City Council vote.

It shows that Carley and his celebrity architect, Santiago Calatrava, have altered the design of the building's top and its base. The spire -- the central design feature of the building's unique, twisting profile -- would be altered to hide two antenna masts.

Carley said the masts could accommodate digital TV broadcasts for Chicago stations, or be employed for some other use.

The other alteration is to the base. When the project was announced last July, the design called for the 115-story building to flow into a large pedestal.

Instead, the pedestal is gone along with the building's formerly underground parking garage. Instead, Carley and Calatrava plan an adjacent parking garage four or five stories tall just north of the building.

The garage is still being designed and will include a landscaped roof that will be roughly alongside the elevated Lake Shore Drive, said Betty Eaton, a volunteer at Streeterville Organization of Active Residents, a civic group monitoring Carley's plans.

Carley said the changes were made in response to community reaction from more than 13 meetings about the building. It would arise at 462 E. North Water on land zoned for two buildings of about 50 stories each.

Streeterville neighbors have praised the architecture and embrace his arguments that a tall, slender building will block fewer views and less sunlight than two shorter but wider high-rises, Carley said. His plan calls for up to 300 dwellings and 150 hotel rooms.

Eaton said SOAR, the community's leading civic group, has yet to take a position on the project, preferring to wait on final details.

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Old January 23rd, 2006, 06:20 PM   #2
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Nice new design.
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Old January 24th, 2006, 03:45 AM   #3
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It doesnt fit in well at all.Just like the new World Trade Center....
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Old January 24th, 2006, 04:25 AM   #4
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almost looks like the tower from I Robot

nice development for the city

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Old January 24th, 2006, 04:39 AM   #5
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Hey, guys! There are two existing theads dedicated to the Fordham Spire. So click on one of the two:

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=238001 (High Rise News And Developments thread)
or
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=214107 (in Development News thread under Chicago forum)

Thanks for your interests!
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Old January 24th, 2006, 06:07 PM   #6
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I am tired of people criticizing the Freedom Tower. I think it looks great. But yeah it is your opinion though.
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Old January 24th, 2006, 08:56 PM   #7
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It outshines the other buildings around it.
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Old January 24th, 2006, 09:09 PM   #8
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Nice spire, but it doesn´t fit in there at all.
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Old January 24th, 2006, 10:53 PM   #9
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maybe this will look better in real life with real reflections. right now it does look out of place but i dont know if its the building or the rendering
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Can someone close this thread? The same info was already posted in the more established threads which contain even more info on this project.
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