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Old January 10th, 2010, 09:01 PM   #341
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http://www.hpherald.com/

Franks mansion to get new life as condos
By Kate Hawley


Kenwood residents Earl and Barbara Bowles are planning to renovate the vacant, dilapidated mansion best known as the former home of Bobby Franks.
The 14-year-old was murdered in the notorious 1924 case that made celebrities out of his teenaged killers, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb. Franks’ former house, at 5052 S. Ellis Ave., will be divided into “two huge condominium units” under a plan currently underway, according to Ald. Toni Preckwinkle (4th).
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Old January 12th, 2010, 08:28 PM   #342
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^ A great project (too good for this neighborhood, in fact) that won't happen due to either a) the economy, or b) NIMBY'S!
Not many people actually living there to complain.

However, who the heck would take 500,000+ square feet of office out there? Do they have an in on a plan to build a new Provident Hospital, to be called (of course) the Todd Stroger Hospital of Cook County? It's also really hard to understand why someone would drop $40M on parking garages (assuming $30K a space) with so much vacant land around.

The 51st Street restaurant row sounds like fun.
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Old January 14th, 2010, 12:22 AM   #343
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According to Hyde Park Progress, after selecting VDTA to design an expansion for the Lab Schools in its current location, U of C is considering building a new school for grades N-2 on the old Doctors Hospital site, which would still be demolished.

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Old January 14th, 2010, 08:36 PM   #344
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ARGH! Call me a curmudgeon, but I feel that UChicago's architectural legacy is being tainted by all these out-of-place modern/postmodern new buildings. Yeah, sure, neogothic is contrived, but it's not like UChicago was founded back in the middle ages anyway.
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Old January 14th, 2010, 10:00 PM   #345
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ARGH! Call me a curmudgeon, but I feel that UChicago's architectural legacy is being tainted by all these out-of-place modern/postmodern new buildings. Yeah, sure, neogothic is contrived, but it's not like UChicago was founded back in the middle ages anyway.
^ Are you being sarcastic?

Seems like the only good architecture being built south of Congress is down in Hyde Park, in U of C's campus
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Old January 14th, 2010, 10:32 PM   #346
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^ Are you being sarcastic?

Seems like the only good architecture being built south of Congress is down in Hyde Park, in U of C's campus
I'm not being sarcastic. While I'm not up to speed on the latest UChicago projects, the ones that were going on during my interim in Chicago, while looking good on renderings, were jarring and disorienting within the actual context of the quad and the neighborhood.

The closest equivalent i can come up with is a bunch of MIT's dabbling with starchitects. Individually, a lot of them look fine on their own, but within the actual context are disgusting, horrid, arrogant, and a terrible terrible mistake.

It took one look at UChicago's Max Palevsky dormitory rooms to become an immediate convert to contextualism. I haven't seen the construction of the new dorms south of the Midway in person to comment, but atleast the renderings made it look decently contextual (as well as Kamin's take). But the Mansuetto extension in particular looks like a travesty of "trying-too-hard architecture" plopped into a context where it most certainly doesn't belong. Though maybe when it's finished it'll complement the brutalist Regenstein library nicely, who knows.
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Old January 15th, 2010, 02:15 AM   #347
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The new dorms fit in pretty well without overwhelming B-J. The "book cube" (Mansueto) is pretty much going to disappear -- a giant glassy hole in the ground, basically, which seems kinda odd to me but whatever. Now, the huge new glassy hospital/sciences towers to the west are something else entirely.

The "new" Lab (pre)School will be over on Stony; there's no neo-Gothic context to respond to over there.

Vermilion Development was chosen to redevelop Harper Court, according to Crain's:
http://www.chicagorealestatedaily.co...ws.pl?id=36747

However, all of the proposals had pretty much the same program, apparently:
http://alwaysintransit.typepad.com/h...rt-update.html
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Old January 15th, 2010, 02:18 AM   #348
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The closest equivalent i can come up with is a bunch of MIT's dabbling with starchitects. Individually, a lot of them look fine on their own, but within the actual context are disgusting, horrid, arrogant, and a terrible terrible mistake
Nothing new then. Mies, Edward Durell Stone, Saarinen, FLW....
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Old January 15th, 2010, 02:58 AM   #349
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However, all of the proposals had pretty much the same program, apparently:
http://alwaysintransit.typepad.com/h...rt-update.html
^ Thanks for posting this, very interesting indeed. Here are some interesting highlights from the link:

Common elements in the (3) remaining proposals are:

·Opposite the HP bank (53rd St. corner/Hollywood Video space), there will be a building similar in size and scale to the bank.
·As the development moves north, buildings along Lake Park could reach the maximum size of 25 stories.
·The overall development will consist of a mix of retail (stores, entertainment, restaurants) that would cover 90,000 to 150,000 square feet. Possible tenants being considered include fitness clubs, movie theater, restaurants, live entertainment venues.
·There will be office space of 150,000 square feet, which will be rented by the University of Chicago...
·Plans include a boutique hotel of 150+ rooms (this is in addition to the estimation of retail footage above).
·A later phase calls for 200 units of condos.
·Parking will be on-site, but screened or hidden behind buildings. There will be more parking than in the current lot, although there is debate about how much to include.
·The new design calls for a gathering space (open space and/or green streetscaping).
·Overall buildings range in height from a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 25 floors.
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Old January 15th, 2010, 06:08 PM   #350
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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/l...0.story?page=1

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Long-stalled project at South Works site makes incremental progress

City panel approves TIF district for South Works site as neighbors wait, remember

Neil Bosanko looked out to a massive, empty plot in his blighted South Chicago neighborhood and tried to envision what developers have planned: a multibillion-dollar residential, retail and marina development.

"This is symbolically the gate to the future," said Bosanko, executive director of the South Chicago Chamber of Commerce, as he stood recently outside the fenced property. "And right now it's chained so I don't know what that means."

That's understandable, because ambitious plans to develop the 500-acre lakefront property -- former site of the U.S. Steel South Works plant -- have stalled since first announced in 2004. But on Tuesday, the city's Community Development Commission unanimously approved the creation of a tax increment finance district for the project's first phase: a mixed-use development on about 87 acres.

The TIF proposal is a significant step for the project. But Southeast Side residents who have been waiting years for anything that would spark economic development in the area are guarded about their optimism. For more than a decade, they have heard rumors about what would go on the site -- a casino, an airport, a prison.
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A little sliver of what might be on the horizon for Hyde Park:

University of Chicago hires community engagement director

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Job one: Creating a process for the university's Hyde Park neighbors to weigh in on campus expansion plans, up to 15 large projects totaling several billions of dollars.
Obstacle: "There's always some resistance to higher levels of density," he says. "I want to make sure there's open communications."
The plan: Meet regularly with aldermen, planning officials and the community. "Sometimes it's just picking up the phone and talking to people," he says.
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Old January 18th, 2010, 06:02 AM   #352
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University of Chicago hires community engagement director

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Job one: Creating a process for the university's Hyde Park neighbors to weigh in on campus expansion plans, up to 15 large projects totaling several billions of dollars.
Obstacle: "There's always some resistance to higher levels of density," he says. "I want to make sure there's open communications."
The plan: Meet regularly with aldermen, planning officials and the community. "Sometimes it's just picking up the phone and talking to people," he says.
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^ What you see is essentially all the info that is available from this article.

You know me--if there were something juicier to disclose it would have been out there..
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Old January 21st, 2010, 07:16 AM   #354
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Dowell gives qualified support to Gateway
by Kate Hawley


Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) said she has written a letter of preliminary support for the Gateway at Washington Park, a major mixed-use development proposed for the block immediately west of Washington Park.

...The site has since shrunk, Dowell and Bowden said: Plans no longer call for building on a gas station on the northwest corner of King Drive and Garfield Boulevard, or property recently acquired by the University of Chicago.
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 11:47 PM   #355
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Prediction: Near South Side set to boom

January 19, 2010
BY DON DEBAT - For Sun-Times Media
With Chicago house hunters wondering what the new decade will bring, it’s time to crystal-ball gaze into the future of residential development downtown.

What’s the next high-demand neighborhood set to emerge? Where will the next city real estate boom occur? Look no further than along Lake Michigan, the Windy City’s big blue front yard, where new harbors, boat slips, parks and beaches are planned. It is likely that much of the future lakefront housing will be developed between now and 2020 in the South Loop and Near South Side, surrounding McCormick Place, planners say.

This is why in a budget-crunch year, the city is spending millions of dollars to develop fancy recreational amenities along the Near South Side lakefront, including the 31st Street Harbor and the new Burnham Park Beach complete with beach house at 40th Street and the lakefront.

These swank amenities are part of the new Near South Side neighborhood the city expects private developers to build on the site of the failed Olympic Village, the 37-acre Michael Reese Hospital campus. The city will seek qualified developers for the land in the first quarter of 2010, and will be asking for developer proposals later.

If you add the $80 million the city spent to acquire the Michael Reese site, Chicago already has invested $100 million into the neighborhood during the deepest real estate recession since the Great Depression.

The city plans to install infrastructure improvements between 26th and 31st streets along Cottage Grove Avenue. A tax increment financing (TIF) district already is in place, and long-range South Side plans call for construction of a light-rail commuter system from McCormick Place to 63rd Street along Cottage Grove Avenue.

When the recession ends, and new high-rise condos, homes and apartments are developed over the next decade, the new Near South Side real estate eventually will generate millions of dollars of real estate tax revenue for the city.

Despite these visionary plans, preservationists continue to fight to save the hospital because many of the Michael Reese buildings were designed in the 1960s by Bauhaus founder and famed architect Walter Gropius. At least four of the hospital buildings already have been razed.

Off the lake, just west of the Michael Reese campus, the city recently flexed its muscle again, knocking down six apartment buildings that once were part of the Harold Ickes Homes, a public housing project near Cermak Road and State Street.

Just south of the Ickes Homes site, the 26th Street Loft District is emerging among vacant lots and a small collection of industrial buildings that could eventually be transformed into loft condominiums. The district is anchored by the Opera Lofts, a 93-unit adaptive-reuse condominium and rental development at 2545 S. Dearborn.

Near Navy Pier and the Chicago River’s outlet to Lake Michigan, the city also is expected to launch construction in March on the $40-million Gateway Harbor, a 240-slip marina anchored by a 2,610—foot-long pier featuring 15,500 square feet of restaurant and retail space.

Completion of this ambitious project could eventually provide enhanced lakefront vistas for the Spire, the uniquely designed 2,000-foot-tall ultra-luxury condo tower that might be built at 400 N. Lake Shore Dr. during the next boom.

How is the city going to pay for all this lakefront development?

Don’t be surprised if Mayor Richard M. Daley hedges his bet for a development boom with millions of dollars in revenue from 15,000 video gambling machines in 2010, and a land-based casino somewhere near our blue front yard in the future.
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 07:35 AM   #356
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According to the Herald, the Shoreland Hotel renovation is moving forward now that Ald. Hairston supports it. Antheus is also going to restore the signage on the east side of the building as part of the project.

Rendering from Studio Gang:


Meanwhile, next week we'll find out more about Harper Court.

http://fiftythird.uchicago.edu/?q=node/21

Meet the Harper Court Developer on Feb. 8

The City and the University have selected a developer for Harper Court: Vermilion Development, which put together the best mix of ideas, team and resources to see this ambitious project through to success. Read the official announcement here.

Now you have the chance to hear from Vermilion representatives first-hand. The 53rd St. TIF Council is holding a special meeting at 7 pm Feb. 8, in the gym of Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave. The only agenda item for the meeting is Vermilion’s presentation of the proposal the developers made to the City and the University.
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According to the Herald, the Shoreland Hotel renovation is moving forward now that Ald. Hairston supports it. Antheus is also going to restore the signage on the east side of the building as part of the project.
^ Good news.

We just averted the loss of an architectural gem
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 10:41 PM   #358
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According to the Herald, the Shoreland Hotel renovation is moving forward now that Ald. Hairston supports it. Antheus is also going to restore the signage on the east side of the building as part of the project.
^ About effin time that more than just a handful of urban enthusiasts on an internet forum recognize this as a problem (see top left corner):

http://www.hpherald.com/pg4.html
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'Shops & Lofts' moves forward -- with rentals

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Part of the art of the deal is knowing when to walk away – and when to just shift gears.

A couple years ago, NCP lead agency Quad Communities Development Corp. was working with urban-oriented commercial developer Mahogany Ventures on a mixed-income, mixed-use project called the “Shops and Lofts at 47.” The concept combined ground-floor retail and upper-story condos along Cottage Grove Avenue and around the corner on 47th Street.

Full article at link. Here's a rendering:

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Old February 4th, 2010, 08:02 PM   #360
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Mahogany is currently negotiating with a national grocery chain that would fill 18,000 square feet of the retail space, and the company is hoping to sign leases with a variety of smaller storefronts like a coffee shop and a dry cleaner, to fill about 10,000 square feet more during the first phase.
Great news. South Bronzeville/Kenwood, despite relative affluence, is a virtual desert for retail or even grocery.
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