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Old October 28th, 2007, 12:43 AM   #201
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Hopefully a good sign?

http://www.heartlandrebusiness.com/a...07/cover2.html

CHICAGO IS GAME FOR GROWTH

We are very excited about what’s happening on the south side, as well. For the past year or so, we read a lot about Chatham Marketplace, Archon Group’s project down in Chatham. There are probably 15 to 20 sites that are being scoured by people like Dave Bossy and others that are contemplating development down in that market. We’re working on a project, Metropolis with Capri Capital at the corner of 39th and State streets in Bronzeville, and I’m shocked with the level of interest from retailers that are inquiring about moving into the urban areas.
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Old October 28th, 2007, 05:27 AM   #202
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^ I love this development. I'm talking about how desperately pathetic much of Chicago's south side is right now in another thread (despite some of it being PRIME real estate!), and this is exactly what needs to happen in these areas--not now, but yesterday!
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Old October 28th, 2007, 07:13 PM   #203
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I thought I'd post these here as well

IIT chief going for 'exciting'
BRONZEVILLE | 'We'd love to see a little college town develop,' school's new president says

October 28, 2007
BY DAVE NEWBART Staff Reporter [email protected]
No one would suggest the social life at the Illinois Institute of Technology's Bronzeville campus would ever rank it on Playboy's list of the top party schools.

There are no restaurants or trendy bars near campus. Students say they head downtown or to the North Side on weekends.

"It's not a party school," noted Elizabeth Schmit, who lives in an alcohol-free Kappa Phi Delta house. "We don't have toga parties."

New IIT president John Anderson, a chemical engineer, isn't looking to turn the school into the University of Wisconsin. But he would like to see a vibrant community sprout near campus.

"We'd love to see a little college town develop,"
said Anderson, who will be inaugurated as the school's eighth president Tuesday. "It would be great to have a pub."
http://www.suntimes.com/technology/6...-IIT28.article




Chicago Lawn teams up to back Cannery

To learn more about and show support for a proposed 1 1/2 million-square-foot retail complex in Chicago Lawn, about 50 community leaders assembled at the Churchview Senior Complex on Sept. 26 for a meeting convened by primary partners General Growth Properties and NCP lead agency Greater Southwest Development Corp.

Jeff Bartow, director of Southwest Organizing Project, holds up the Chicago Lawn NCP quality of life plan, titled "Making Connections," in setting the tone for the Sept. 26 meeting about a proposed 1 1/2 million square foot retail development called The Cannery.



The residents, business owners, educators, clergy, police, and nonprofit social services providers and community developers packed the room to hear about The Cannery, which would incorporate existing retail outlets like Jewel-Osco and Sears while adding new anchors, smaller stores, restaurants and a community center.

In introducing the 27-acre concept, Jeff Bartow, director of the Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP), a key partner in the NCP task force process, held up the Chicago Lawn quality-of-life plan, titled "Making Connections." He reminded those assembled that the plan called for building a "town center" at 60th Street and Western Avenue.
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Old October 30th, 2007, 10:23 PM   #204
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Provide Any Information On This Development?

Recently spotted a unique development beside the Amtrak railway while travelling south. Appears that an urban brownfield is being transformed into a viable community with a mix of housing styles on the Southside. (The very type of development that Forumers promote.)

This was surprising in that I'm not that familiar with that part of the city (around 85 & Parnell/Vincennes) and knew nothing of this. What is the area and development called? How extensive will this be?

This may be of interest to those in other threads who feel that nothing positive ever happens on the S.Side.

These are images from Google Map:











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Old November 1st, 2007, 02:04 AM   #205
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http://www.chicagorealestatedaily.co...age.pl?id=2166

Chicago — Shops and Lofts at 47, 47th St. and Cottage Grove Ave., 161-unit mixed-use complex, July 2008, $87 million.

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Also an article in the HP Herald about 56th and Cornell project (''construction...could begin next summer").
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Old November 1st, 2007, 06:01 AM   #206
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^ I am in awe of that development for many reasons, but how can construction start without even starting sales?
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Old November 2nd, 2007, 01:47 AM   #207
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I have no idea, but remember that the mention of a project in that list does not mean that construction will start, nor does it mean that sales have started and/or have gone well.

Buildings, if they want to enlist the services of major contractors, need to start talking to them well in advance of the project date. If they anticipate the units to sell quickly, that may mean talking to contractors before sales begin, to minimize the delivery time.
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Old November 12th, 2007, 02:51 AM   #208
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From Hyde Park Progress:

The community meeting (with Antheus Capital and Leslie Hairston) regarding the proposed "Solstice on the Park" development at 56th and Cornell is set for Thursday, November 15th, at 7:00 PM at the Bret Harte School, 1556 East 56th Street.
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Old November 21st, 2007, 04:28 AM   #209
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According to the HP Herald, it looks like they will have to go back to the drawing boards for the Marriott hotel after preservationists showed an alternative proposal for the site. Which is not a bad thing considering the hotel towers looked cheap and destroyed the Doctor's Hospital.
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Old November 21st, 2007, 06:36 AM   #210
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Considering the relative shortage of vintage commercial streetscapes on the south side, this is great news:

Landmark district proposed for Cottage Grove

Designation would encompass more than 20 Chatham and Greater Grand Crossing buildings

One of Chicago's finest surviving groups of neighborhood commercial buildings today received preliminary approval as a landmark district by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks.

Located along Cottage Grove Avenue, primarily between 75th and 79th streets, the proposed district features 21 Classical, Renaissance, Gothic Revival and Prairie style structures dating to the early 1900s. All but three of the buildings are noted for their terra cotta cladding and ornamentation, which reached an apex of creativity and lavishness during the 1920s, according to the commission.
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Old November 28th, 2007, 04:20 PM   #211
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http://www.suntimes.com/business/roe...eder28.article

McCaffery aims to fit with Flair
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PRIMO LAND: Quintin Primo III, chairman of Capri Capital Partners LLC, is said to be making headway in plans to start a $155 million residential and retail center southwest of 39th and State. An insider reports that he's close to landing a grocery store anchor. Letters of intent have been drafted for Roundy's, Dominick's and Ultra Foods, the source said, adding that a movie theater chain and the standard CVS or Walgreens are also close to signing.
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Old November 28th, 2007, 11:19 PM   #212
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Thank god it's not a Jewel. Jewel's shown very little tolerance for unique architecture in their buildings - whereas Roundy's has 2 or 3 stores planned downtown at the base of towers, and Dominick's is planning to anchor a Hartshorne Plunkard-designed modernist building on North Broadway.

Drugstore chains are another business that really go for uniformity in their buildings at all costs. Hence, we get one-story Walgreens stores with drivethrus in River North and the Gold Coast.
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Old December 6th, 2007, 06:45 PM   #213
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53rd St vision workshop

For those of you who are interested and live in or around Hyde Park, there is a day long workshop where 53rd st development will be discussed. It sounds like there will be an opportunity here to push for more density, plus the Alderman will be in attendance. For anyone who is interested, the workshop will be held at 8:30 am on Saturday, Dec 8th, at Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone.
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Old December 17th, 2007, 05:16 PM   #214
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And more south side news:

Retail rehab gets started on Cottage Grove
Pockets of success give hope to Bronzeville residents trying to restore commerce to once-bustling district
By Susan Chandler | Tribune staff reporter
December 17, 2007
It was the heart of Chicago's "Black Metropolis," a commercial swath of black-owned businesses that thrived on the South Side between World War I and World War II. To some, Cottage Grove Avenue's mix of black insurance brokers, butchers and shop owners represented a viable separatist model for black urban development.

Today, the Cottage Grove corridor looks like a war zone.

Yet optimists like Bernita Johnson-Gabriel envision Cottage Grove's string of decrepit board-ups and vacant lots being transformed into the next Andersonville, a walkable stretch of eclectic boutiques, shops and eateries that will draw shoppers and fun-seekers from around the city and suburbs.
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Old December 25th, 2007, 02:44 AM   #215
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According to the January '08 edition of Chicago Magazine:

1. See Wong has a 7 story condo development with ground level retail spaces planned on south Canal, and it's 80% sold.

2. He has a number of other developments planned to "expand" Chinatown

3. He appears to be selling mostly to recent Chinese immigrants who are interested in owning property

4. He claims the housing slowdown hasn't affected him at all given #3 above

That's all, folks!
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Old December 26th, 2007, 02:16 AM   #216
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HOORAY FOR EXPANDING CHINATOWN
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Old January 4th, 2008, 07:49 PM   #217
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http://www.nearwestgazette.com/Archi.../News01082.htm

Alderman Pat Dowell looks to scrap stymied Bronzville Park
By Stacie Johnson


Although former 3rd Ward Alderman Dorothy Tillman has been unseated, she still finds herself fighting with the Daley administration. This time the battle concerns a sculpture park that formed part of her long-time Bronzeville redevelopment plans.

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Old January 11th, 2008, 06:33 AM   #218
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Sorry, had to post this here as well..

Want an example of brilliantly crafted and effective anti-NIMBY activity at work? Want to see somebody who knows what he's doing and knows how to do it right? Want to see somebody who has effectively turned the tide in favor of density in his neighborhood, has caught the attention of many neighbors, and has managed to influence his Alderman? Read this one posting below titled "53rd st Visioning Results", and let this be an inspiration for other people out there:

http://hydeparkprogress.blogspot.com...g-results.html
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Old January 11th, 2008, 09:00 AM   #219
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I generally like that blog except for its views on Promontory Point, Doctors Hospital, and St. Stephens - they always seem to accept mediocrity as a sign of progress.
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^ I agree with you on these issues. However, I would say that the HP Blogger has overall done much more good than harm
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