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Old January 12th, 2008, 12:43 AM   #221
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What are the issues with their stance on the Point?

If their chronology is to be believed, a ton of community input was taken to arrive at a compromise plan that preserved some historical character but allowed for less expensive construction and much more durability. That same community then turned on the city and the Army Corps of Engineers against the compromise, and ended up receiving nothing.

Hyde Parkers should not expect to get a special park to themselves with a tremendous cost of construction and maintenance while the rest of the city has to suffer for lack of that money. Downtown projects like Millennium Park can afford to spend hundreds of millions because of the tourism and development dollars they generate.

If Hyde Parkers love the historical design at the Point, they can keep it, in all of its decrepitude. I don't live there, so it's no skin off of my teeth.
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Old January 16th, 2008, 07:27 PM   #222
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Reshaping south lakefront

Developer targets Lake Meadows for 7,000 residential units

Plans are in the works for one of the city's largest residential developments ever, a 70-acre project that promises to invigorate Chicago's southern lakefront.

this was in crain's
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/cgi-b...ticle_id=29088
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Old January 16th, 2008, 08:16 PM   #223
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I liked the density of Lake Meadows now but who am I to stand in the way of progress. Another quick point in the article they mentioned the USX site. USX is supposed to be the largest residential development in the city.
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Old January 17th, 2008, 01:25 AM   #224
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http://chicagobusiness.com/cgi-bin/n...=news;id=27777

Treasure Island store to replace Hyde Park Co-Op

Jan. 15, 2008
By Lorene Yue


The historic Hyde Park Co-Op will close on Sunday and will be replaced with a Treasure Island grocery store.

Chicago-based Treasure Island has taken over the lease at 1526 E. 55th St., the University of Chicago, landlord for the space, announced Tuesday. Treasure Island would like to be open before the end of February, the university said in a statement.
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Old January 30th, 2008, 02:57 AM   #225
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I found a site plan for one of the first phases of South Works, a retail center. I'm extremely unimpressed - it belongs in the suburbs, not along Chicago's lakefront.

On top of that, it doesn't allow 80th or 81st Streets to continue unbroken into the residential section to the east of this site. The streets in that section are supposed to be aligned with the old streets, precisely so that they can be connected seamlessly.



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Old January 30th, 2008, 04:31 AM   #226
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^ That site plan is unadulterated trash. **** that.

What happened to the previous plan for that site (posted here a while back)? It was 1000 times better
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Old January 30th, 2008, 05:10 AM   #227
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This is part of the original site plan - just a particularly bad part of it.

Spyguy posted this image last spring. Near the top of the site, you can see some random towers and short buildings surrounded by asphalt - that's this site.
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Old January 30th, 2008, 05:39 AM   #228
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^ Ahhhh, I didn't notice that before.

Still a shitty site plan, in light of this new perspective.
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Old February 1st, 2008, 04:56 AM   #229
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^ Ahhhh, I didn't notice that before.

Still a shitty site plan, in light of this new perspective.
You never know what new plans or changes might be on the horizon
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Old February 1st, 2008, 05:00 AM   #230
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You never know what new plans or changes might be on the horizon
Sounds like you may know or heard something Vic.
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Old February 2nd, 2008, 06:52 AM   #231
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You never know what new plans or changes might be on the horizon
Damn it, BV, spill the beans
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Old February 6th, 2008, 04:32 PM   #232
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Huge project proposed over Metra railroad tracks near McCormick Place
By Robert Manor and Kathy Bergen | Tribune reporters
February 6, 2008
A developer who has helped redefine the South Loop is planning a vast new project near Lake Michigan south of downtown that would include thousands of residences, a large office tower and a major hotel near McCormick Place at a cost of $4 billion.

Jerry Fogelson, founder of Fogelson Properties, which built the Central Station complex of thousands of condominiums and townhomes south of the Loop, said his proposal would involve building over the Metra rail yard on the west side of Lake Shore Drive near Soldier Field.
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Old February 13th, 2008, 05:12 PM   #233
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Sox Park area: new ballgame?
Real estate | Bars, stores, eateries could join lineup

February 13, 2008
DAVID ROEDER [email protected]
The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, landlord for the Chicago White Sox, is doing more than examining whether to take Wrigley Field off Sam Zell's hands as part of his unloading of Tribune Co. assets. The authority has started entertaining development possibilities across 35th Street from U.S. Cellular Field, which it owns.

Perri Irmer, the authority's chief executive, emphasized the agency is just starting to consider how to improve the mostly barren ground around the ballpark. The property under review is used for surface parking and is connected via an overhead walkway to the park.

Irmer said the agency is open to anything that would ensure "a great experience for White Sox fans and area residents alike." Office use is not in the works, but Irmer said stores, bars and restaurants could be a good fit. The trick, of course, is whether they could draw customers when the White Sox are not around.
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Old February 16th, 2008, 04:57 AM   #234
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In the next phase of Oakwood Shores, on 37th & Cottage Grove, the following is planned:

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Old February 16th, 2008, 07:36 AM   #235
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Looks good. The site right now is almost completely vacant, with not much worth saving. It fronts onto Ellis Park, so it should be something better than single-family houses.
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Old February 16th, 2008, 07:00 PM   #236
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Are you sure that is across from Ellis park? Ellis Park is north of 37th. It is a beautiful building, and I hope that everything north of 37th looks better than the SF and townhomes they are putting south of it. Here is the overall site plan. The area between McCormick and Hyde Park is a diamond in the rough and it is great seeing it developed without necessarily gentrifying.


http://oakwoodshores.com/Site%20Plan...20For-Sale.pdf
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Old February 18th, 2008, 08:12 PM   #237
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I'll post this here, since there's no dedicated SW side/Midway thread:

Dressing up a city gateway
MIDWAY | Proposed hotel north of airport would spruce up drab Cicero Ave., pay off for Chicago

February 18, 2008
BY DAVID ROEDER AND FRAN SPIELMAN [email protected] [email protected]
Developers have proposed a new hotel just north of Midway Airport, promising to dress up a shabby commercial street that's a gateway to Chicago for many visitors.

The six-story hotel would be built at 5331 S. Cicero on property that Ald. Michael Zalewski (23rd) said has been vacant for years. The developers have asked the city for zoning authority to build the hotel, starting a review process that could take several months.
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Old February 20th, 2008, 05:06 PM   #238
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In today's Hyde Park Herald (link to article below), preliminary plans to redevelop Harper Court into a series of 4, 5, and 6 story mixed-use (residential/retail) buildings were released (a rendering is included). Apparently, it was met with pretty good response from the community, and the developer emphasized that even more density may be needed. Keep in mind that we have the HP Blogger down there, who is doing a great job of keeping NIMBY stupidity at bay:

http://www.hpherald.com/
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Old February 20th, 2008, 08:01 PM   #239
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I doubt very many people in Hyde Park are swayed one way or the other by some person's blog. More likely is that Hyde Park is an extremely educated neighborhood and the newer generations of people there are more in tune with urban neighborhood planning considerations than the "knock it all down" 1950s crowd, which still favors the white-knuckled terror approach.

This trend is probably driven by the U of C itself much more than some blogger--the university quite explicitly tries to attract more faculty, staff, and students to live in Hyde Park, and in particular it has not been shy about the fact that significant change is necessary to make the neighborhood attractive. I've heard their HR people tell new hires about the long-term hopes to redevelop the strip malls along Lake Park. Certainly everybody I know down there thinks the neighborhood needs to stop effectively turning its back on Lake Park.

That said, Harper Court doesn't seem to me like as important an area to redevelop as the heinous stuff just east of it and the generally horrifying 55th. Unfortunately, there's bigger things than blogs at work here, such as the attempts by the University and every other major player in the neighborhood to keep it stultifyingly dull for students, especially those poor undergrads.
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Old February 24th, 2008, 10:41 PM   #240
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The city pushing for TOD and a small mixed-use south side development:

#1 (full article):

Plans sought for Jackson, Washington Park sites
By Jeanette Almada | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE
February 24, 2008
City planners are seeking development proposals for two South Side parcels near Jackson Park and Washington Park.

The sites offer an opportunity adjacent to two jewels in Chicago's Parks and Boulevard System, a Chicago Department of Planning and Development project manager told Community Development Commissioners in January.

The commission approved the Planning Department's request for proposals, issuing the request Jan. 29. Interested developers have until April 14 to submit their bids to the Planning Department.

Blackstone Avenue in Woodlawn. It is a block west of Jackson Park and several blocks south of Midway Plaisance and the University of Chicago's south campus. The city acquired the land through sheriff's deed transactions in the 1970s.

The other is 3.52 acres on the southwest corner of King Drive and 60th Street. Acquired through city tax deed and sheriff's deed transactions from the mid-1980s through 2000, it is across King Drive from the 372-acre Washington Park, slated as a primary venue in the 2016 Olympic bid.

City planners and community leaders want to see mixed-use projects with retail such as a restaurant, newsstand, flower shop, small bank and convenience retailers; residential units; and possibly a hotel.

Planners will look for transit-oriented projects that are pedestrian friendly, with access to the 63rd Street Metra train station and the CTA's Garfield Boulevard Green Line station. Though both sites are vacant, a developer likely will have to work with the city's Department of Environment and possibly the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to make the land development ready. To be sold "as-is," the city's target price is $3.2 million for the 63rd and Blackstone parcel and $5.2 million for the 60th and King Drive parcel.

Proposals may request tax-increment financing or subsidies through the Chicago Department of Housing's New Homes for Chicago or Chicago Partnership for Affordable Neighborhoods programs.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/classi...,5679936.story



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Deal for city land advances project
By Jeanette Almada | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE
February 24, 2008
A local developer's purchase of city-owned land completes the site for a five-story, 24-unit, mixed-use project is expected to push forward redevelopment of the Grand Boulevard's Cottage Grove Avenue commercial corridor.

Art Gurevich and Marko Boldun, through Cottage Grove Construction LLC, will buy the city-owned parcel at 4514 S. Cottage Grove for $1.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/classi...,2848087.story
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