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Old February 22nd, 2010, 12:10 AM   #361
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Hyde Park's famed Shoreland Hotel may go rental
BY DAVID ROEDER AND FRAN SPIELMAN


The old Shoreland Hotel, once a center of social life in Hyde Park, would be restored as a 350-unit apartment building under plans proposed to the City Council.
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Old February 25th, 2010, 02:06 AM   #362
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Federal funding aimed at fixing up Grand Boulevard properties
By Kate Hawley


A swath of land in Grand Boulevard will benefit from $98 million award to the city of Chicago in January to shore up neighborhoods that have suffered during the economic downturn and foreclosure crisis.

… The Shops & Lofts development won't get any direct NSP funding...The money would be used instead to revitalize properties surrounding the site, according to Sullivan.
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Here's the list of properties acquired so far. I haven't had a chance to look at them all yet, but two that stand out are 5520 S. Prairie and a pretty cool courtyard building at 6015 S. Indiana.
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Old February 26th, 2010, 04:20 AM   #363
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University of Chicago Lab School expansion

VDTA + FGM Architects

New arts wing, which will require the demolition of the middle section of Belfield Hall

Elizabeth Fama/ Facebook

Early Childhood Center
Plan A on the existing campus

Hyde Park Progress

or Plan B on the Doctors Hospital site


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The school seems to be leaning towards Plan B, which will effectively split the campus and still require demolition of the Doctors Hospital building. All this mainly for additional teacher parking and so that they don't have to shrink their regulation size soccer field or demolish the tennis courts, or so it seems.
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Old March 12th, 2010, 01:31 AM   #364
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TIF hears changes to Village Center project
By Sam Cholke


The Silliman Group presented a slightly modified version of the development for the Village shopping center at the March 8 meeting of the 53rd Street Tax Increment Financing District advisory council.

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Good news: parking is now underground and down to about 400 spaces, compared to the previous 500+, will proceed as one phase instead of two
Bad news: won't start demolition for at least two years

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Old March 12th, 2010, 09:25 PM   #365
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So does that mean most of the podium will be gone now?
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Old March 26th, 2010, 07:58 PM   #366
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Historic 47th Street Building Won't Likely Be Demolished
Produced by Natalie Moore on Thursday, March 25, 2010


The hulking Rosenwald Apartments are an eyesore. Neighbors would like to see it be a community anchor on 47th Street. The Rosenwald was once a storied part of a thriving black metropolis on the South Side.

Alderman Pat Dowell hired the Urban Land Institute to do a study. The nonprofit ruled out demolition. The institute came up with two recommendations: One would cost $100 million. It includes a mix of housing and retail. Plan B is a scaled down, cheaper version.
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Old March 31st, 2010, 04:39 PM   #367
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South Works site

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New Southeast Side community on the lake?
Rezoning of old U.S. Steel South Works plant site could mean birth of massive community

March 31, 2010

BY DAVID ROEDER [email protected]
Get used to a new Chicago lakefront community, vast in its ambition. It is decades from realization, but everything has to start somewhere, and in legal terms, this one's birth could be April 15.

That's when the Chicago Plan Commission tentatively is scheduled to consider zoning for about 400 acres next to Lake Michigan from 79th to 87th streets. It's the old site of the U.S. Steel South Works plant, which employed 20,000 in its heyday but closed in 1992............

After City Council action, the zoning could be final by June. Mabwa said her company could then proceed with marketing. Construction on the first phase could be a couple of years away, depending on the pace of investment.

The property adjoins the South Chicago neighborhood, which has many difficulties. But it's close to four Metra stations, is just 10 miles from downtown, and South Shore Drive will be rerouted into its midst. And it boasts that talisman of Chicago property owners: the open lakefront.

Not part of the plan is a 118-acre piece south of 87th Street where Solo Cup Co. once was slated to build a plant. It canceled the project and put the land up for sale.

So far, nobody's talking high-rises on the McCaffery portion much beyond 20 stories. But that could change with density and demand. If McCaffery succeeds, the site's evolution will be a worry for Chicago circa 2050.
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Old March 31st, 2010, 08:18 PM   #368
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*crosses fingers for south works*

btw, what's the point of zoning if it seems like the city council is always willing to change the zoning to fit new development?
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Old April 1st, 2010, 09:14 AM   #369
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Residential slated for Drexel Blvd.

Plans for condos, single-family units

By Jeanette Almada
Special to the Tribune
Published April 30, 2006

A developer will buy vacant city-owned land along Drexel Boulevard in the North Kenwood/Oakland neighborhood for two projects that will advance the resurgence of the grand boulevard.

"There is a deep market for residential units in [North Kenwood] and especially on Drexel," said Mark Sutherland, a partner in Chicago-based Sutherland/Pearsall Development Corp.

The Community Development Commission this month approved the sale of the 6,569-square-foot parcel at 4000 S. Drexel Blvd., the southwest corner of 40th Street and Drexel Boulevard, to Sutherland/Pearsall. City Council approval is needed.

The developer will pay the appraised market-rate price, $267,000, and will build a four-story condominium building with 13 units and an elevator.

The $3.7 million project's two- and three-bedroom condominiums will range from 1,100 to 1,400 square feet and $190,000 to $335,000, Sutherland said. "We are still in process of finalizing prices but the price will include one indoor parking space per unit," he said.

About half of the units that Sutherland/Pearsall has built to date on Drexel have sold for less than $200,000. In recent years, the developer has built more than 100 units in six projects on long-vacant lots on the 3900, 4100, 4400 and 4500 blocks of South Drexel Boulevard.

Sutherland/Pearsall is under contract to buy land on Drexel one block north of the development site.

"We will build five single-family houses with 4,500 to 5,000 square feet of space," Sutherland said, adding that those houses will be priced at more than $1 million.

The developer expects to close on the single-family homes site by early summer, he said.

Chicago-based architect Brian Milbury is designing the four-story condo building and the single-family houses, Sutherland said.

"We expect to start construction on both projects by the end of the year," he said.
Do you have any sample of design of the houses?
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^ Dude, did you look at the date of that article?
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Old April 3rd, 2010, 12:24 AM   #371
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Anyone heard of this before? I'm having a hard time figuring out where this is supposed to go. They're purposefully vague, only saying that it is located along Lake Michigan on the south side and providing a pretty useless map. That said, my guess is somewhere on the USX site, probably north of McCaffery's proposal.


http://www.archdaily.com/54523/nunnm...gl/#more-54523
Project Name: Nunnmps
Location: Chicago, Illinois, US
District: South Chicago
Use: Office
Site Area: 50,000 sqm
Bldg. Area: 16,000 sqm
Gross Floor Area: 16,000 sqm basement/below ground; 48,000 sqm office/above ground (64,000 sqm total)
Bldg. Coverage Ratio: 32% (0.3)
Gross Floor Ratio: 128% (1.3)
Bldg. Scale: 3 Stories above Ground, 1 Storey below Ground
Structure: Basement and ground floor: concrete; upper office: steel frame
Max. Height: 60 m
Landscape Area: 46,000 sqm
Parking Lot: 400 + 40 cars
Design year: 2009, ongoing


For their latest project, an IT security and service office, Cheungvogl worked to create a deep connection with the site. The office, Nunnmps, borders Lake Michigan in an area of Chicago that is close enough to the city center yet rests on the outskirts in an undeveloped site with vast views of the skyline. “The design development grew as naturally as the terrain overtook the site in the absence of human inhabitation over the years. Through uninterrupted silence, the site is covered with layers of shimmering grass and matured trees. We want to retain and capture the natural quality of silence,” explained the architects.

The studio spaces are lifted high above the ground, providing a sense of privacy that the highly confidential spaces require. The spaces are wrapped with translucent ETFE that absorbs glare and harsh direct sunlight, creating a thermal buffer zone between the external and internal spaces. The room temperature is regulated by chilled ceilings and chilled beams.


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Old April 3rd, 2010, 01:17 AM   #372
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this sounds like just a design project, not a real project. the notes are really confusing "on the outskirts of chicago" but "still close to downtown" and apparently there's a spot on the lake that is untouched save for prarie grass and some trees.
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Can't presume what Census 2010 will show, but more developments like this can reverse the tide of lower income neighborhoods "emptying out". I believe this replaces vacant land:

March 25, 2010
City breaks ground for Branch of Hope apartments in Englewood
100-unit development to provide affordable housing with support services on the South Side
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Department of Community Development First Deputy Commissioner Ellen Sahli joined members of the development team and other housing advocates to celebrate the ground breaking for Branch of Hope Apartments, a new affordable, supportive housing development in the City’s Englewood community.

“We remain committed to working with our partners to build affordable housing with on-site supportive services so that residents in need will have the opportunity to resume healthy and productive lives,” Sahli said. “This development will provide support for people who need it most.”

The proposed 100-unit development, to be located at 5628-5630 S. Halsted St., will be made affordable to low-income adults. Half of the units will be reserved for formerly homeless individuals with disabilities and supportive services will be provided to these residents, including case management, job training and health care services.

Branch of Hope Apartments will feature one-bedroom apartments at initial monthly rents from $720. Apartments will be approximately 520 square feet in size and will be made affordable to those whose income does not exceed $26,400 for a single person household.

Interfaith Housing Development Corporation plans to build two, three-story buildings, which are mirror images of each other and contain 50 units each.

The buildings will be built on 18 City-owned and two privately held vacant parcels along the west side of Halsted between 56th and 57th streets. Amenities will include activity rooms, a laundry room and on-site parking. A paved patio and landscaped area will connect the two buildings.

The $22.4 million development will be an example of how green practices can be incorporated into affordable housing design and construction to minimize environmental impact and reduce energy consumption.

Incorporated into the building’s design is a geothermal heating and cooling system that will help lower utility costs. As a result, the added savings will free up funds for other uses, including supportive services for tenants.

In addition to providing the land, the City also will invest up to $8.5 million in loans, $13 million in bonds and $913,048 in tax credits will be generated from the bonds, providing $6.4 million in equity. Other major investments will come from the Illinois Housing Development Authority and grants.
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Old April 7th, 2010, 07:05 PM   #374
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Repair work begins on Harper Theater
The University of Chicago has begun much-anticipated repair to the Harper Theater building on the northwest corner of the intersection of 53rd Street and Harper Avenue. The goal of the work is to make façade repairs that will allow the university to safely remove the scaffolding that has been wrapped around the property according to University of Chicago Vice President of News and Public Affairs Steve Kloehn.

Washington Park site to be redeveloped
by Sam Cholke

The first step in developing the former site of the Washington Park Homes public housing development will begin this month.
James Wilson, a coordinating planner for the city’s Community Development Department, said the city will begin talking to developers April 12 about developing the majority of the block between East 44th Street and East 45th Street, South Cottage Grove Avenue and South Evans Avenue.
The site is slated for mixed-used development, Wilson told the North Kenwood Oakland Conservation Community Council, or NK-O CCC, at an April 1 meeting.
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Grove Parc Plaza redevelopment

The first phase includes 67 units.



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I'm not really feeling the first phase but the whole plan is a big improvement over the existing buildings.
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Old May 4th, 2010, 08:14 PM   #376
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man, i guess woodlawn is really getting into gentrification mode. is that new street-level retail i see?
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Old May 12th, 2010, 10:11 PM   #377
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As long as they build to the property line then I'll like. I would prefer to see some really nice 3 story Rowhomes instead of the crap they have in that render. and atleast one or two highrises
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Old May 26th, 2010, 04:55 PM   #378
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Shops and Lofts moving forward
by Sam Cholke


After almost a year on the sidelines during the economic downturn, a scaled-back Shops and Lofts at 47 development is ready to move forward.
“Essentially we’re close to the project finally coming together,” said Frank Petruziello, a principal in Skilken, one of the developers for the site.
Petruziello said more than half of the retail units have tenants in the mixed-used development at South Cottage Grove and East 47th Street.

Metropolis revived
by Sam Cholke


...A major pharmacy chain has since signed on to the project. The development will be anchored by a Roundy’s grocery store.
Developers are in final negotiations with a family-style restaurant, a bank and a social service organization, according to Steve Lane, a partner at Capri Capital.
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...A major pharmacy chain has since signed on to the project. The development will be anchored by a Roundy’s grocery store.
Developers are in final negotiations with a family-style restaurant, a bank and a social service organization, according to Steve Lane, a partner at Capri Capital.
^ BOOOO!!!

And stop calling it "Metropolis". That piece of shit suburban strip-hell-hole resembles nothing of the sort
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^ BOOOO!!!

And stop calling it "Metropolis". That piece of shit suburban strip-hell-hole resembles nothing of the sort
What's the BOOOOO for? Metropolis is there, like it or not, and I'd rather a filled-in strip mall than a vacant strip mall. And it's not *really* a strip-mall, it's just not as urban/property-line-aligning as it could be. Areas in the south side are not exactly spoiled for choice in retail developments right now.
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