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Old October 25th, 2006, 08:33 PM   #41
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56th & Cornell, 25 stories, 268 ft. Replacing a parking lot. Looks like Studio Gang is the architect:

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....and that's why all the important discussions about highrise development occur at SSP

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Old October 26th, 2006, 01:56 AM   #43
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Hey! I was trying to comment, but I got sidetracked. I actually wrote this post 4 hours ago.

It's great to see some lake/parkfront development down there. It's important that some of the condo focus be shifted to the south lakefront. The architecture looks good, (are those trees on the facade?) but it's hard to tell from the given rendering.
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 08:00 PM   #44
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Reese sale bid poses Olympics question

By Kathy Bergen
Tribune staff reporter
Published November 2, 2006


The underused campus of Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, one of the prime parcels on the redeveloping South Side, was put on the market this week, in a move that could reshape Chicago's dreams for the 2016 Olympic Games.

The city has selected the McCormick Place truck yards as the site for an Olympic Village, but would like to have additional land for that massive project, and the Reese campus, due west, would be a natural, said a source close to the bid. But the sale and redevelopment of that parcel could rule out the option of adding that enhancement.

The property, located between the burgeoning South Loop and Bronzeville neighborhoods, likely will be developed long before the Olympics, said one observer.

"I don't know that you'd want to put that on hold for 8 to 10 years while the Olympics occurred. That's probably not a good thing for the neighborhood," said urban planner Kim Goluska, president of Chicago Consultants Studio. "Bronzeville is probably Chicago's most dynamic developing neighborhood right now."

The city's Olympic planners say the property was not part of the plans submitted to the U.S. Olympic Committee and the sale listing does not affect plans in any way.

"We think we put forward a phenomenal plan focused on the athletes, and we feel confident that the proposal is going to be part of a winning bid," said Patrick Sandusky, a spokesman for the Chicago 2016 Committee.

Mundelein-based Medline, which owns the 37-acre property at 2929 S. Ellis Ave., has hired Colliers Bennett & Kahnweiler to market the land, which has 27 buildings on it, of which about five are actively used by the hospital.

The listing, sent to developers early this week and obtained by the Tribune, states that the site "is ideally positioned for a multi-family residential development, neighborhood-oriented retail and a destination hotel." No asking price was given.

A private auction is planned, with Medline retaining the right not to sell. The price could run as high as $260 million to $300 million, according to one industry insider.

"Medline cares deeply about the surrounding community and any decision we make will reflect that concern," said Jim Abrams, chief operating officer of the health products company. "At this point, we have made no concrete decisions on whether or not to sell the property."

The 125-year-old hospital, which is far smaller now than it was in its heyday, will continue to operate on the site, said Dr. Enrique Beckmann, chairman and chief executive. The hospital has a lease for another 13 years, and would like to renovate existing buildings or build a new facility on the site, he said.

"We look forward to working with a new landlord to see what we can do to realize those plans," he said.

The 360-bed hospital, with an occupancy of about 160 inpatients, remains a vital source of service in the region and to the poor, he added.

Developing the site will be a complicated task, involving significant demolition and environmental cleanup. Many of the older buildings contain asbestos.

Nevertheless, interest in the property is expected to be high, given its location in a fast-growing area, its potential for unobstructed lake views, its closeness to downtown and its location within an existing tax increment financing district.

"All I can say, along with every other developer, is `We're interested,'" said Henry Lopez, senior vice president of Central Station Development, a massive South Loop residential project by Chicago-based Fogelson Properties and Cleveland-based Forest City Enterprises.

The same partnership is developing Eastgate Village, a residential project east of Mercy Hospital & Medical Center.

Among other interested developers is Draper and Kramer, owner of Prairie Shores and Lake Meadows apartment complexes and the Lake Meadows Shopping Center.

"Clearly this . . . will attract developers not only from Chicago but from other major communities that are envious of the way Chicago has managed the redevelopment of its central city," said Buzz Ruttenberg, chairman and chief executive of Chicago-based Belgravia Group, a residential and retail developer
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Portfolio: Chicago Southwest ‘Neighborhub’


A Chicago Southwest Community group and a major developer partner want to build a different kind of shopping center on the site of a former factory. The project is part of the New Communities Program's Community Investment Portfolio. The Cannery Shopping Center will be a "neighborhub" that appeals to ethnic communities underserved by retailers.



The new center will anchor neighborhood redevelopment.
Photo: General Growth Properties

It will bring together stores, restaurants and other foot traffic generating uses to create a destination that appeals to a broad audience. General Growth Properties, one of the world's largest shopping center developers, is working with Greater Southwest Development Corporation to construct up to 375,000 sq. ft. of retail space.

BENEFITS Originally a can factory, the site was redeveloped in the 1980s for retail uses, but much of the land remains unused. The Cannery will anchor this intersection as a major retail destination. The catalytic effect already can be



The Jewel-Osco will be part of the mix.
Photo: Eric Young Smith

seen with a smaller retail center now being developed across the street.

SPONSORING ORGANIZATION Greater Southwest Development Corporation (GSDC) was founded in 1974 to hold banks accountable for community disinvestment. GSDC's mission has broadened and, with its partners, it has been responsible for $500 million invested or retained in the neighborhood. Projects include a Jewel-Osco grocery store that was key to keeping 63rd and Western a vibrant retail district (and of which GSDC owns ¹/³); retention of the Nabisco bakery, which makes 22 million Oreo cookies a day; and housing developments, single-family rehabs and foreclosure-prevention work.



A large population lives nearby.
Photo: Eric Young Smith


LOCATION
60th Street and Western Avenue

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY
$62 million for construction and mortgage financing; lease commitments

OVERALL PROJECT VALUE
$62 million

TIMELINE
Summer 2007 Break ground
Summer 2008 Completion

PARTNERS
General Growth Properties



The site includes ample vacant land.
Photo: Eric Young Smith

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
James Capraro
312.822.1388

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Old December 6th, 2006, 01:20 AM   #46
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Excellent! The small rendering could be misleading, but it looks pretty nice and urbanist.
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Old December 10th, 2006, 07:54 PM   #47
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56 condos planned for S. Shore parcel


By Jeanette Almada
Special to the Tribune
Published December 10, 2006

A 56-unit condo building is planned for vacant land in the South Shore neighborhood.

Shoreline Development LLC, from southwest suburban Justice, will build the project at 7812-16 S. South Shore Drive.

The Chicago Plan Commission last month approved the project as a residential planned development.

City Council approval is needed.

The 22,000 square-foot rectangular development site has roughly 110 feet of frontage on South Shore Drive, according to Lisa Hope-Washington, the Chicago Department of Planning and Development project manager who spoke to commissioners.

Shoreline Development will build an eight-story building with one-, two- and three-bedroom condos, according to Jim Banks, attorney for the developer, who spoke to commissioners last month.

Those units will be sold for $225,000 to $325,000, Banks told commissioners.

Units will range from 890 to 1,440 square feet, said Hope-Washington.

The building will have enclosed parking for 61 cars.
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Old December 12th, 2006, 07:07 AM   #48
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Planned near 28th and Halsted:

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Old December 13th, 2006, 09:18 PM   #49
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Wasn't sure were to put this so I just decided to stick it in the south side thread. Maybe we should start a Parks Development thread?

Ambitious idea to unite lakefront no small plan

By Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah
Tribune staff reporter
Published December 13, 2006


Chicago should acquire more lakefront and create land where none is available as it pushes to complete the chain of parks along the South Shore, a prominent advocacy group is proposing.

Friends of the Parks has begun shopping an ambitious series of plans to give the public access to more than 2 miles of South Side lakefront currently off limits.

After meeting with Chicago Park District Supt. Tim Mitchell Tuesday, the group will make its pitch for the multimillion-dollar expansion in meetings and exhibits around the city.

Between 71st and 75th Streets, where the lakefront is occupied by residences, one idea is to use landfill to create islands--an archipelago connected by bridges that would allow the public to get around one of the last privately held stretches of shoreline, south to Rainbow Beach.

At the next gap in the chain of parks, the former USX property, about 123 acres has been set aside for a lakefront path, said Friends of the Parks President Erma Tranter. But because residents feel that stretch would be too narrow, the group's plan calls for building out into the lake and creating beaches.

Farther south, more than 40 acres at the mouth of the Calumet River designated as a confined disposal facility are expected to become park property once the facility is filled with dredge material and capped.

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Portfolio: Washington Park townhomes

Washington Park is promoting St. Edmund's Commons Townhomes, which would transform vacant lots to the sites of affordable rental townhouses and a base for local renewal efforts, as part of the New Communities Program's Community Investment Portfolio. The project would consist of 53 rental townhouses, mostly three-bedroom units, built on 10 vacant lots, bolstering the return of middle-income housing in this reviving South Side neighborhood. The Commons will contain four units for households earning less than 30 percent of the area median income, 17 units for those earning less than 50 percent and 25 for those below 60 percent. The remaining five units will be leased at market rates.



New townhomes will be attractive and affordable.

Photo: Johnson and Lee Architects, Ltd.



BENEFITS The housing development will reduce the number of vacant lots that plague Washington Park ; expand the income range of neighborhood residents; serve as a neighborhood model for mixed-income housing; and attract other developers, including those offering homes for sale.

SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONSt. Edmund's Redevelopment Corporation (SERC) works to renew the Washington Park community by developing quality housing and fostering revitalization opportunities for all people. SERC is working to redevelop former Chicago Housing Authority sites and vacant lots into successful mixed-income housing; create attractive gateways coming east from the Dan Ryan Expressway; revitalize commercial strips; increase parks and green space; and improve employment opportunities.

LOCATION
60th Street from Wabash to Indiana Avenues

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY
$500,000 for gap financing

OVERALL PROJECT VALUE
$14.6 million

TIMELINE
2007 Construction
2008 Completion



Older brick housing is being rehabbed.

Photo: Martha Brock



PARTNERS
Ald. Arenda Troutman (20th Ward), Charter Mac, Chicago Department of Housing, Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Chicago Housing Authority, Developers Mortgage Corporation, Gilead Management Company, LISC/Chicago, Redevelopment Service Corporation, Skender Construction Company, University of Chicago, Washington Park Neighborhood Association
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Halsted Street the gateway to 11th Ward revitalization

By April Galarza

As Halsted Street undergoes revitalization, it will grow into the gateway to a new and improved 11th Ward, benefiting the ward’s Bridgeport, Armour Park, Canaryville, McKinley Park, and Hoyne Park neighborhoods.

“Halsted Street is just the beginning,” said 11th Ward Alderman James A. Balcer. “We are a great city and we can only get better. I believe in the Mayor’s vision of the city, of education, reducing crime, and keeping businesses in the city.”

Halsted Street’s upgrade will start on Archer Avenue at the Chicago River and work its way south to 49th Street. Changes include a new bus station and carwash near the intersection of Archer and Halsted. Also, from Archer to 26th Street, Halsted recently has been street-scaped with new sidewalks, curbs, streetlights, and flower boxes, and from 30th to 33rd Streets pedestrians are enjoying new brick crosswalks.

Plans are the works to turn the old quarry on Halsted and 26th into a nature retreat that includes a hill, a pond, and an athletic field. At 31st Street and Halsted, a new police station is under construction, and a senior citizens building has been completed.

North of 31st Street, several new or refurbished businesses have been established such as Ace Bakery at 3241 S. Halsted St. From Archer Avenue to 31st Street along Halsted, cyclists now benefit from freshly painted bike lanes, and healthy green trees line the sidewalk. Cannatello Field bustles with activity, and bright lights illuminate the field for evening baseball games.

Phase two of the Halsted revitalization project includes streetscaping for either the stretch from 31st to 36th Streets and, separately, from 36th to 49th Streets; plans specify new sidewalks, new brick cross walks, fresh pavement, new streetlights, and flower boxes. The vacant land along Halsted south of 31st is designated for residential buildings, and a fountain has been installed at 34th Street with a new cul-de-sac providing plenty of green space.

Plans for the Ramova Theater are undetermined, but the theater will not be demolished, Balcer asserted. After saying his primary concern is safety, he noted he will try to salvage as much of the building as possible as he consults with developers on potential uses for it. Meanwhile, the old Brenner’s liquor store has been transformed into modern white brick townhouses, and plans are in place to expand both Allen Brothers wholesale meats and Boyd’s Park. A new local union office will move in at 38th Street and Halsted as well.

Some residents object to multi-unit dwellings, such as townhouses and condominiums, in the area. Balcer assured the community that, although some townhouses will be built based on community needs and the practicality of particular locations, his general intent is focusing on single-family housing.

“There are spots where you cannot put a single-family home but you still want residential areas, such as the building on 35th Street and Morgan Street,” Balcer said. “Also, a loft is an affordable alternative to buying a home and may draw new residents.”

Although the White Sox have brought considerable revenue to the ward, Balcer said the area needs more financial support. Both Balcer and Cook County Commissioner/11th Ward Committeeman John Daley are focusing on bringing more businesses into the ward.

The 11th Ward is a "great place to live," Balcer observed. “It’s located close to the Loop, is easily accessible to the Chicago Transit Authority Red and Orange Lines, and has Halsted, Archer, and the Dan Ryan and Stevenson Expressways as major thoroughfares.

“I try to keep the ward’s money in the ward," Balcer concluded. "I try to buy in my ward. My home, for example, was built by guys from this ward. I patronize the restaurants and other businesses here in the ward as much as I can. I try to keep whatever I do in the City of Chicago. That’s what my goal is, to build up the business district here and keep it going forward. It’s always been a good neighborhood and it can only grow stronger.” For more information, call Balcer's office at (773) 254-6677.

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This article's a couple months old - in politics, that would be ages, but around here, that's relatively recent. I really hope that Bronzeville can become integrated, too - not just blacks. If they can pull that off, it will be a HUGE step forward in the desegregation of the city.

Bronzeville wants city's empty lots
Affordable-housing advocates also seek tax for a trust fund


By Johnathon E. Briggs
Tribune staff reporter
Published November 23, 2006

While residents in many Chicago neighborhoods try to fight gentrification by setting goals for affordable housing, some residents of Bronzeville, dubbed the capital of black America in the 1940s, are taking a different tact.

They want the city to set aside hundreds of vacant lots seized for delinquent taxes when the community hit hard times so that affordable housing can be built on the land. And they want property owners to pay an additional tax to support a housing trust fund to make it happen.

Housing advocates say that Bronzeville, once again a fashionable destination for buttoned-down professionals and bohemians alike, could set a precedent for other neighborhoods on the South and West Sides that are riddled with empty city-owned lots--and ripe for revitalization.

There are 1,156 such lots in Bronzeville, 703 in the 3rd Ward alone, according to an analysis of 2005 city records by Housing Bronzeville, a coalition of renters, property owners and others pushing the trust fund. The properties typically land in the city's hands when owners don't pay taxes and the buildings are abandoned and eventually demolished.

Long-term, the coalition seeks to have 26 percent of those lots set aside at below-market cost to promote home ownership for neighborhood families earning $34,000 to $51,000 a year. Short-term, the coalition is working to establish a Bronzeville housing trust fund supported by a 0.9 percent increase of all Bronzeville property tax bills (this sentence as published has been corrected in this text).

While campaign organizers are just beginning to tackle the former goal, they've already made traction on the latter.

More than 18,000 voters--nearly 86 percent of all who voted in the four wards that make up historic Bronzeville--supported the concept in a advisory referendum in November 2004.

Housing Bronzeville's next step is to pursue legislation at the city or state level that would allow voters to decide on a binding referendum. Their effort is modeled after a successful referendum in 1988 that created self-taxing districts on the Northwest and Southwest Sides to protect the market values of houses as the neighborhoods became more racially diverse.

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Design plans for the proposed South Shore Lakefront Park are HERE.

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Main headline ("Cornell Highrise Stalled"). Bummer!



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TUP, you need to start hosting these Hyde Park Herald images on Imageshack or something - they change every day, so your post only makes sense for one day.

Just an FYI - it's too bad, I'm really starting to like Studio Gang's stuff.
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"Police station under construction" at 31st & Halsted? I don't know if putting up a sign announcing that it's coming soon is considered construction activity, but I guess it's a step in the right direction.

Along that same stretch (along Halsted around 32nd), there's the hulk of a half-finished condo project that hasn't changed in months or years. Anybody know the story behind that?
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Just an FYI - it's too bad, I'm really starting to like Studio Gang's stuff.
^ That building isn't the Studio Gang building. The one the article was discussing (before the page changed) was by L3 Development at 53rd and Cornell.

I just hope that this is simply a 'stall' and that the project eventually moves forward, esp since the developer took so long finally reaching a consensus with all of those picky Hyde Park NIMBY's.
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Oh - well, you only said "Cornell" in the text of your post, and I couldn't read the article since I saw the post the day after you posted it, and the image had changed to the next day's headlines.

So, I naturally assumed it was the highrise on Cornell that had been mentioned at the top of the page.

Oh, and by an interesting coincidence - even though the newspaper images have been refreshed, the one at the top of the page, originally intended to show the 56th/Cornell, Studio Gang tower, now has an update on the 53rd/Cornell project.
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Retail, residential to mix in S. Shore
Neighborhood ready for `spark'

By Jeanette Almada
Special to the Tribune
Published January 21, 2007

A mixed-use development with 34 condominiums is planned for a vacant city-owned parcel on the northeast corner of 71st Street and Paxton Avenue in the South Shore neighborhood.

The development entity, Doc Toast LLC, has agreed to pay the city the appraised market-rate value for the land--$275,000 for the 25,193-square-foot tract at 2204-24 E. 71st St.

The LLC is a partnership between Chicago-area rehabber Herschel Tolson; attorney and investor William Lowry; and Oak Park-based architect and builder John Schiess of Metropolis Architects and Builders.

Schiess has designed and built custom-houses in neighborhoods including North Kenwood, Pilsen and Humboldt Park. And Metropolis has designed several projects that are underway or completed in Oak Park, such as Opera Club Condominiums, Madison Square Townhomes and Maple Square Townhomes.

"On this corner of the South Shore neighborhood, we think we will be a catalyst for change. It is an area that is idling, just waiting for a spark. I see a big transformation on [71st Street] in the next three to five years," Schiess said.

"There are great storefronts with great character, 1920s and '30s architecture that need rehab more than new construction. There are plenty of vacant lots but the streetscape is just great, and those lots can be used for parking to support new retail. There is enough new housing in the periphery ... we looked at that and said `boy, the people who live in this housing will really need services,'" Schiess said.

The Chicago Community Development Commission approved the land sale in December. City Council approval is expected in February, Schiess said.

The developer will build 26 two-bed, 2 1/2- bath units with 970 to 1,100 square feet; two 912-square-foot 1-bed, 1 1/2-bath condos and six 1,100- to 1,166-square-foot three-bed, 2 1/2-bath units. They will be priced from $250,000 to $275,000.

The building will have 8,600 square feet of ground-floor retail space, Schiess said. A restaurateur has submitted a letter to the developer expressing interesting in opening a sit-down pancake house there.

"We are looking for a tenant that can offer services, a food pantry type of place that will meet needs of condo owners or a bookstore," Schiess said.

The developer will sell the units through an independent realty agent, from an on-site sales center that will open in early spring. Construction is expected to begin in early summer, Schiess said.
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Non-profit group to build mixed-used project in Brighton Park

By Jeanette Almada
Special to the Tribune
Published January 21, 2007

A non-profit community organization will build a mixed-use project in the Brighton Park neighborhood that will include office space and housing for seniors.

The Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council won approval to build the project from the December ChicagoPlan Commission, which oversees large developments.

The non-profit group will build the mixed-use project on a 15,770-square-foot site on the east side of Spaulding Avenue near 47th Street.

Residential housing is just north of that site, a few light industrial building are to the south and west and a city-approved business planned development is slated just to the southeast.

The developer will raze two buildings a brick two-story commercial building at 3256 W. 47th St., and a vacant two-story residential building at 3246 W. 47th St., to make way for an eight-story building.

"We hope to begin demolition in early spring," said Marina Rey, executive director of the Back of the Yard Neighborhood Council.

The eight-story building will have 60 units of unassisted housing for seniors on floors three through eight, according to Alex Thompson, vice president of Chicago-based Recon Development LTD, which has been hired as consultant on the project.

Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council will move its office to the second floor of the building from 1751 W. 47th St.

Along with a theater/dance center/gymnasium and a day-care center with room for 125 children, the first floor will have a center with a meeting room and offices for the senior portion of the building, said Thompson. "We are talking to seniors property managers" to oversee those operations.

Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council has created an entity called Brighton Park Seniors Neighborhood Council to develop the project, Thompson said. It is seeking low-income housing tax credits from the Chicago Department of Housing and the Illinois Housing Development Authority, Thompson said.

It also will seek Tax Increment Financing for the project, though the amount of assistance has not been determined, Thompson said.

Chicago-based KLLM Architects has designed the building.

"We hope to have all of the financing in place by spring and will begin construction then," Thompson said.
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