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Old May 1st, 2009, 04:17 AM   #301
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^ Yeah, I agree. The parking sucks, but being so far from downtown I don't find it all that offensive.

More importantly, the south side really needs more development like this.

Regarding 53rd and Cornell--when the hell is that thing finally going to be built? It's been on the drawing board for so damn long..
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Old May 4th, 2009, 11:55 PM   #302
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^Yeah, I'll accept it IF the rest of Southworks looks like this (and not chopped off like the Metropolis):












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Old May 5th, 2009, 12:32 AM   #303
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^ Yeah, that's a nice fantasy.



NEVER GONNA HAPPEN!
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Old May 5th, 2009, 12:54 AM   #304
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Wow! Is that the actual full SouthWorks plan? Because MAN, they sure are optimistic about the project.
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Old May 5th, 2009, 01:04 AM   #305
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^ Yeah, that's a nice fantasy.



NEVER GONNA HAPPEN!
Don't stomp on my dreams!

Yeah, it's going to take a couple decades to complete and by then who knows what the design will look like, but it would be awesome if this project plus Metropolis plus Solstice and Village Center and all of the cool stuff at UofC happened.
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Old May 5th, 2009, 10:05 PM   #306
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Who the heck is the target demographic for such a project? Not to impugn the area, but it's not exactly a place with wealth concentration like Lincoln Park. Capital investment in the area has been lacking for such a long time, that I'm very skeptical for such a big project like this to actually make a difference (or even succeed). Bronzeville arguably has better branding, but Metropolis, a much smaller project, has struggled.
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Old May 6th, 2009, 12:12 AM   #307
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Wow, nice vision! I would definitely live there. I think the target demographic is basically anyone willing to buy a place, and live near a highly dense, self-sustainable area with good transit access and recreational options. But yeah, couple decades in the making at least for that. But who knows, if you built it, they may come.
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Old May 7th, 2009, 07:20 AM   #308
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Um, the parks are programmed for dogs, bocce, and sunbathing? If you're going to go that far, why not lacrosse and racquetball?
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Old May 7th, 2009, 08:59 AM   #309
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Um, the parks are programmed for dogs, bocce, and sunbathing? If you're going to go that far, why not lacrosse and racquetball?
while you're at it, why not get some yale-ies down there for some crew.
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Old May 13th, 2009, 06:42 PM   #310
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Old May 14th, 2009, 03:32 AM   #311
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TUP, thank you for posting this article about the 47th and Cottage Grove site. Thank goodness that the Rands' project is dead. That was a BAD project because it involved the demolition of the historic and attractive Booker Building.

Alderman Preckwinkle would not listen to Preservation Chicago, the group that listed the Booker Building as one of the "Chicago Seven" last year. She felt that demolition was the answer.

Restoration is the answer. If necessary, just keep the Booker Building sealed to prevent water damage and wait a few years until the market recovers. This has the potential to be a dense, vibrant, AND historic intersection.
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Old May 14th, 2009, 02:06 PM   #312
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The project is not dead. It's just changing to rental.
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Old May 17th, 2009, 10:35 PM   #313
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Regarding the Southworks Build it and they will come. I will definitely come. Im in the south right now (Virginia) but I plan to move back to Chicago within the next three years and Southworks just moved up on the places I would like to live in the city.
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Old May 18th, 2009, 08:56 PM   #314
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I'm skeptical, but I definitely do hope that southworks succeeds. Make no small plans, and all that.
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National City Bank has sued to collect more than $3 million on a development site in the South Shore neighborhood controlled by Jonathan Zitzman. The Chicago developer, president of JFJ Development Co., had planned a 19-story condominium building on the parcel at 6740 S. South Shore Drive, which overlooks the lakefront. Mr. Zitzman says he is just the developer of the project, which is actually owned by a group of South Side investors that he declines to identify. Last month, another venture co-owned owned by Mr. Zitzman filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after a different lender sought to auction off a development in the Lakeview neighborhood after an alleged loan default.
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Old July 16th, 2009, 01:32 AM   #316
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Old July 16th, 2009, 05:48 AM   #317
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^ Ugh, you posted it here, too?

I was hoping I didn't have to look at that again
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Old July 22nd, 2009, 07:12 PM   #318
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Harper Court site to include Hollywood Video
Officials: Process of finding developer moving forward
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The Harper Court development is getting bigger.

The plans now include the Hollywood Video property at 1530 E. 53rd St., University of Chicago representatives said Monday, July 13, at a meeting of the 53rd Street Tax-Increment Financing, or TIF, Council.
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Old July 22nd, 2009, 09:24 PM   #319
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^ Ugh, you posted it here, too?

I was hoping I didn't have to look at that again
Bronzeville can't exactly be picky :/
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Old August 19th, 2009, 06:50 PM   #320
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U. of C. abruptly begins demo of Harper Ct.

The University of Chicago unceremoniously began demolition of Harper Court last Friday, when the jaws of a piece of heavy construction equipment tore into the back of the space formerly occupied by Dixie Kitchen.

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Dead or alive: a roundup of developments in Hyde Park and Kenwood
The Shops and Lofts at 47

...City planners and Ald. Toni Preckwinkle (4th) didn't want to let the deal die, so early this year they introduced legislation that would allow the city to buy the land - 15 parcels in all. Their stated goal: to hand it over to Mahogany when the economy improves, so that some version of the original Shops and Lofts plan (probably minus the hard-to-finance condos) can still go forward.

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City bonds, TIF money possible for Bronzeville project
By Eddie Baeb, Aug. 19, 2009


The Daley administration is upping its efforts to help Capri Capital Partners LLC finance its proposed Metropolis retail development in Bronzeville.

Mayor Richard Daley wants the city to issue up to $28 million in “Enterprise Zone” bonds for the already-downsized $50-million project, which is to be anchored by a Roundy’s grocery store.
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