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Old April 16th, 2007, 06:05 AM   #181
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My girlfriend and I were walking on Clark Street, between Fullerton and Diversey.

A couple of questions:

1. Does anybody know what is happening in the Blockbuster Video space that is being vacated at Clark and Wrightwood?
2. What is going on in the strip mall on the West side of Clark just south of Wrightwood? The mall begins with Gigo's Beef Stand which has been vacated for a while now. There are now 3 storefronts that are empty and I have a feeling that the remaining 3 might be working out their leases for something bigger.
3. (and yes, I know this is a bit north of Diversey) What is going on at the Walgreens at Clark and Diversey? and anybody know what is going on at the store directly next to the Walgreen's on Broadway? (Between where the Walgreens stood and Cleaners Depot)

This neighborhood has a ton of foot traffic, so new 'foot traffic friendly' stores would be awesome.
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Old April 16th, 2007, 07:41 PM   #182
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1. Does anybody know what is happening in the Blockbuster Video space that is being vacated at Clark and Wrightwood?
I wasn't aware Blockbuster was planning to leave. Where did you hear that?

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2. What is going on in the strip mall on the West side of Clark just south of Wrightwood? The mall begins with Gigo's Beef Stand which has been vacated for a while now. There are now 3 storefronts that are empty and I have a feeling that the remaining 3 might be working out their leases for something bigger.
I've never noticed a "strip mall" there. To me, a strip mall is a group of connected storefronts recessed from the sidewalk to accommodate parking. Gigo's has supposedly been "remodeling" their restaurant. But very little activity has occurred for almost a year, so I can't say for sure what its ultimate fate will be. I miss their meatball subs.

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3. (and yes, I know this is a bit north of Diversey) What is going on at the Walgreens at Clark and Diversey?
As the sign on the door states, Walgreen's will be closed until Fall 2007 for expansion and remodeling. An additional floor may be added, though I can't say for sure.
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Old April 17th, 2007, 01:29 AM   #183
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I wasn't aware Blockbuster was planning to leave. Where did you hear that?
By walking past the Blockbuster. They are not renting out movies after April 8th, and the memberships have been trasferred to a ~2500 N Ashland location.

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I've never noticed a "strip mall" there. To me, a strip mall is a group of connected storefronts recessed from the sidewalk to accommodate parking. Gigo's has supposedly been "remodeling" their restaurant. But very little activity has occurred for almost a year, so I can't say for sure what its ultimate fate will be. I miss their meatball subs.
Ok, not quite your surburban "strip mall" but rather a string of retail storefronts probably owned by the same landlord. I apologize if this confused you. My question still stands though, and what kind of remodel takes a year?

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As the sign on the door states, Walgreen's will be closed until Fall 2007 for expansion and remodeling. An additional floor may be added, though I can't say for sure.
Thanks. It's a busy intersection, and I was a bit surprised that they would shut it down.
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Old April 17th, 2007, 05:21 PM   #184
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By walking past the Blockbuster. They are not renting out movies after April 8th, and the memberships have been trasferred to a ~2500 N Ashland location.
The area will be seriously underserved by Blockbuster, though it doesn't matter to me because I rarely rent movies. And when I did go there, the selection was pretty paltry. They didn't even have Psycho. These rental stores must be losing ground to the internet rental market, thereby forcing closures.

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My question still stands though, and what kind of remodel takes a year?
I agree. It's strange. In the time that restaurant has lay fallow, Trump Tower has added countless floors. Maybe there's a contractual dispute over the work.

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It's a busy intersection, and I was a bit surprised that they would shut it down.
Same here. But there's another Walgreen's on Belden and Clark.
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Old April 20th, 2007, 12:00 AM   #185
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Lincoln Park 2520

I'm surprised no one has posted recently on Lincoln Park 2520 (the condo building planned for the former Columbus Hospital site). I was pondering buying there, but it's hard to pull the trigger for that much money. They're also very inflexible regarding customization--you can't change floor plans at all, and even the hardware and finishes to choose from seem limited.

I'm also not excited about the outside appearance, which is very traditional. Here's a big photo:
http://wibiti.com/images/hpmain/425/177425.jpg


According to the article in the Tribune, they're selling fast:


Sales brisk for planned Lincoln Park 2520 condo development

BY SUSAN DIESENHOUSE
Published April 18, 2007

After just three weeks of public marketing, 104 of the 314 units in the first large condo building planned for Lincoln Park since the 1970s are under purchase agreements with 10 percent deposits, said the developer, John T. Murphy, co-principal of Ricker-Murphy Development LLC.

Despite a slowing housing market elsewhere, the units at Lincoln Park 2520, located at 2520 N. Lakeview Ave., have sold for $825 to $1,200 a square foot, or $750,000 to $9.9 million per condominium. Ricker-Murphy's partner is an affiliate of the General Electric Pension Trust.

By year's end, construction should start on the building designed by Lucien Lagrange. Occupancy is planned for early 2010.

The approximately $355 million building, which will have parking for 710 cars, will face the park and have views of the lake and the city skyline.
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Old April 24th, 2007, 10:48 PM   #186
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It's a busy intersection, and I was a bit surprised that they would shut it down.
Same here. But there's another Walgreen's on Belden and Clark.
There's also one literally ONE block away at Diversey and Halsted. It's kind of obscenely close, actually.
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Old May 16th, 2007, 07:43 AM   #187
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Old May 16th, 2007, 05:34 PM   #188
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Wow what a difference a color rendering makes (which I suspect will have the same effect for the Arquitectonica building once it's released).
Thanks spyguy!
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Old May 16th, 2007, 05:44 PM   #189
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Wow what a difference a color rendering makes (which I suspect will have the same effect for the Arquitectonica building once it's released).
Thanks spyguy!
I'm not thrilled with the parking lot.
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Old May 16th, 2007, 06:44 PM   #190
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Looks pretty darn good. If there is one thing to improve on I wouldn't mind them rising the height of the two lower mid-rises to the height of the tallest there. In the future with a circle line that area will become an even greater prospect for massive TOD that could support massive density.

......Actually, looking at the article again I guess there are enough units already. The towers may just look smaller to me in relation to the whole footprint and retail base of the project.

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Old May 16th, 2007, 06:51 PM   #191
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I'm not thrilled with the parking lot.
Ditto. Though, overall, the design isn't too bad.
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Old May 16th, 2007, 07:08 PM   #192
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Ditto. Though, overall, the design isn't too bad.
It's a parking garage.
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Old May 17th, 2007, 04:15 AM   #193
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It's a parking garage.
Yeah - what appears to be a lot is actually the roof of the parking garage.
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Old May 17th, 2007, 04:20 AM   #194
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My friend who attends Depaul has a place in Lincoln Park. I was wondering what are the boundries or close too of Lincoln Park? Where does it end and start around? Love the area.
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Old May 17th, 2007, 04:24 AM   #195
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If anyone could add a map it would help also. Not too familar with just street names in chi-town.
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Old May 17th, 2007, 04:24 AM   #196
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My friend who attends Depaul has a place in Lincoln Park. I was wondering what are the boundries or close too of Lincoln Park? Where does it end and start around? Love the area.
The northern border is Diversey. The southern border is arguable. Some, like myself, consider it to be Wisconsin, where Old Town begins. Others say it's North Ave. East is Lake Michigan. West is Clybourn.
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Pardon my ignorance, but where will this be located?
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Old May 18th, 2007, 05:42 AM   #198
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Thanks. This design will fit that area well.
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^Halsted and Clybourn
Oh wow, I live right off Halsted and Clybourn, I didn't even know this was going there... Wait, what are the borders of this??
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