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Old November 22nd, 2006, 08:37 PM   #1
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Near North Side (Gold Coast, Old Town, etc.) Development News

I'll open this thread with a question: Does anyone know what's being built at Dearborn and North?
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Old November 22nd, 2006, 08:47 PM   #2
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The Latin School extension

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Old November 22nd, 2006, 09:09 PM   #3
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Is there a moratorium on highrise development in the gold coast...strictly construed, and the old town area as well......I though I has heard something about a limit of a few stories like 4-5


maybe just my imagination
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Old December 31st, 2006, 03:21 AM   #4
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Cedar Hotel site

Hotel faces wrecking ball

December 28, 2006
By FELICIA DECHTER | STAFF WRITER
A proposal to raze the historic, Near North Side Cedar Hotel, 1112 -1118 N. State St. is raising the ire of community members and preservationists.

The historic property could become history if a developer's proposal to build a 20-story hotel is approved.

According to Maureen Mullady, account manager for DickinsonGroup, which represents the property owner, M Development, a "boutique" hotel with approximately 150-200 guest rooms, a restaurant and limited-meeting space, has been propposed. M Development also owns the Esquire Theater and Papa Milano properties.

An application for the Planned Development was filed with the city on Dec. 13, according to Connie Buscemi, spokeswoman for the city's Dept. of Planning and Development.

In keeping with the neighborhood's "vibrant" character, Mullady said, the State Street frontage will include the restaurant and hotel lobby. The development was designed to incorporate the Cedar's existing brick and terra-cotta masonry façade, she said, and both the facade and setback will remain as is.

There is a contract on the property, Mullady said, and M Development is seeking an upzoning to the same level or less than the surrounding properties. Further details regarding hotel brand and operator will be available once terms have been finalized, Mullady said.

The proposal is not sitting well with community members. Patty Stepak, president of the nearby Newberry Plaza Condo Association, said she and three building representatives met with developer Mark Hunt and his attorneys at the request of Ald. Burt Natarus, 42nd, who was unavailable for comment.

Stepak said she was "OK," with the hotel, but the prospect of an upzone didn't go over well.

"Everything was fine until then...that was the bomb that was dropped," Stepak said. "What happens then is they set precedence." Stepak is worried that the property directly to the hotel's south at the corner of State and Maple streets could also be bought.

"It's just what could happen to the whole landscape," she said. "We're very concerned what's put up at that corner."

So is the Washington Square Association. Coleen Blake, spokesman for the group, said WSA was, "disappointed to learn of plans to tear down the Cedar Hotel," when notifed by Skyline .

"The hotel is a beautiful historic building," Blake said. "Currently, the front of the building is used as an outdoor patio and it is a vibrant neighborhood spot where people can take their dogs and sit outside and have a drink. The site is presently an open inviting spot in a neighborhood that is rapidly becoming darker and more canyon-like with all of the development that is underway.

"WSA is also disappointed to learn that our alderman did not advise the neighborhood association about this potential development, or have the developer contact us. We expect to have some input as to how our neighborhood is developed."

The property is rated orange on the city's Historic Resources Survey, meaning it possesses historical significance and is subject to a 90-day delay if the developer applies for a demolition permit.

Architects Rissman and Hirschfeld began its construction in 1924, and its architectural style is listed as, "baroque, classical" on the city's Web site. According to Michael Moran, vice president of Preservation Chicago, even if the facade--which is "stunning," and a "visual feast" is saved, his organization also wants the recently-removed, large, ornamental centerpiece of the roofline returned. In fact, the group insists that be replaced.

"Why was this terra cotta centerpiece, a work of art, left intact from 1924 until 2006, only to be destroyed just a few months before the demolition plans were announced?," Moran asked. " Clearly, the removal of the centerpiece was related to the impending project at the site. The removal of the ornament is just plain wrong. The roofline should be restored to its appearance of a few months ago."

Moran said though the Cedar is listed as a "contributing building" in the Gold Coast Historic District as listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but that designation does not protect the building.

Although a Jan. 10 meeting is scheduled with Newberry Plaza residents about the project, Preservation Chicago also insists that a public meeting, "open to the entire neighborhood," be held, Moran said.
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^ I don't know if I'm writing this too soon, but are there any updates on this project?
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Old February 6th, 2007, 05:32 AM   #6
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Technically not the Gold Coast, but a close neighbor, so I hope it is kosher to ask:

Are there any new proposals for the building that was supposed to be built on 4th Pres's property?
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Old March 26th, 2007, 01:23 AM   #7
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The paper version of this article had a rendering, but the electronic version didn't.

Hold sought on Cedar development

March 22, 2007
By FELICIA DECHTER Staff Writer

Before a demolition permit and a developer's plans for a 20-story hotel are approved for the site of the historic Cedar Hotel, 1112-1118 N. State St. "a sharing of the project with the broader community," should occur, says 42nd ward alderman-elect Brendan Reilly.

On March 7, developers applied for a demolition permit with the city on the property, yet Reilly said, "At a minimum, the developer needs to share information with the neighborhood and address concerns."

Neighbors and preservationists also say the project--which could go before the city's Plan Commission in April--should be deferred until Reilly takes office in May.

M Development in December filed a Planned Development application to build a "boutique" hotel with 150-200 guest rooms, a restaurant and limited-meeting space. The State Street frontage will include the restaurant and hotel lobby. A ballroom/banquet facility will not be included as it is will not be a convention hotel, according to principal Jeffrey Shapack.

The development was designed to incorporate the Cedar's existing brick and terra-cotta masonry façade, and both the facade and current setback will remain as is, and the plaza/setback will be enhanced with new landscaping, Shapack said.

"We have had numerous meetings with residential and business neighbors and have received positive responses to the proposed development," Shapack said. "We feel the project is ready to go before the Plan Commission and anticipate being on the April agenda."

Reilly said at the end of his campaign he met with a number of residents concerned about parking, traffic flow impact, and the height of the structure. He wants the developer to do a better job sharing information and seeking neighbors input. He'd also like to see the developer put together an informational packet.

Reilly, who will be sworn into office on May 21, said he hopes to talk with Alderman Burt Natarus, 42nd, about the project.

"I would hope the alderman would be interested in working with the alderman-elect to make sure the impacted folks feel better about it," he said.

The Cedar Hotel is a contributing building in the Gold Coast Historic District, on the National Register of Historic Places, but it has not been landmarked by the city. It is orange-rated in the Chicago Historic Resources Survey, meaning it possesses historical significance and is subject to a 90-day delay when a demolition permit is applied for.

Architects Rissman and Hirschfeld began the Cedar's construction in 1924, and its architectural style is listed as, "baroque, classical" on the city's Web site.

M Development--which also owns the Esquire Theater, Papa Milano, and Three Arts Club properties--was also seeking an upzoning of the property, and on Monday, Alderman Burt Natarus, 42nd, said that upzone was going through and that he supports the plan.

"I'm very much interested in getting rid of that eyesore," Natarus said, adding the hotel has "questionable activities." Natarus said people are worried about parking with the new plan, but he's mainly concerned because the Cedar is a source of crime, noise, motorcycles, and "everything else."

The two, 4 a.m. taverns with beer gardens the building houses don't help much either, he said.

"It's a very bad building," Natarus said.

Also supporting the plan is the board of the 20 E. Cedar Condominiums. Board president Larry Selander said: "We think it would be a good use for the property and enhance the neighborhood," adding that the parking issues in the area have been there a "long, long time."

Zoning does not require parking for hotels unless large meeting spaces are included, Shapack said, and hotel management will use valet parking services.

Yet not everyone feels that way. Neighbors are also calling for a decision on the property to be held off until Reilly takes office.

According to Coleen Blake, a Washington Square Association board member, her group is "disappointed," the project is being "pushed through so quickly."

"This matter should be deferred until Alderman-elect Brendan Reilly takes office," Blake said. "On February 27, the residents of the 42nd Ward clearly voted for change, and it is grossly unfair to see so many projects rammed through before our new alderman takes office."

Preservation Chicago is also calling for a deferment. The organization's vice president, Michael Moran, said any decisions on the property should wait until after May 21, when Reilly takes office. Preservation Chicago is not opposing the demolition of the rear portion of the Cedar, yet it does insist that the facade be preserved and its historic elements--which were recently removed--restored, and that the public space in front of the Cedar continue to serve as a cafe or other establishment.

Moran added it's "especially inappropriate," for the plan to go before the Plan Commission before Reilly has a chance to review the project and discuss it with his constituents. The group also is asking for the full 90-day hold on the demolition permit.

"There is no reason for the Department of Planning and Development to ram this project through the Plan Commission," said Moran, who met with Reilly last week. "Likewise, there is no reason for Alderman Natarus to rush this project through. These luxury rooms can wait for approval until after May 21st, when alderman-elect Reilly takes office."

According to Connie Buscemi, spokesman for the city's Department of Planning and Development, as of Monday, it had "not been decided yet," whether or not the proposal will go before the city's Plan Commission in April. The demolition permit application, she added, is being reviewed under the demolition delay ordinance.
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Old March 31st, 2007, 02:36 AM   #8
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Are all the buildings in the Gold Coast old with assessments in the $700/month range? Any new developments planned or a location I should look into? Really not looking for an older building with high assessments.

I hate the look of Sandberg Village and this seems to be the only place people are selling. I can see why too.
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Old April 11th, 2007, 01:29 AM   #10
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April 19 Plan Commission Agenda

A proposed Business Planned Development Application submitted by M Development, LLC
for the property generally located at 1118 North State Street. The applicant proposes to
retain the faade of existing Cedar Hotel, then construct a new 250 foot tall building to
contain approximately 200 hotels keys. This building is identified as potentially significant
in the Chicago Historic Resources Survey. (42nd Ward)
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The Ambassador East is up for sale again. I just hope this one doesn't go condo and the Pump Room remains open.
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Old April 26th, 2007, 10:22 PM   #12
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http://www.pioneerlocal.com/skylinen...607-S1.article

Plan Commission OKs plans for Cedar

April 26, 2007
By FELICIA DECHTER Staff Writer


Despite requests to hold off on any decisions until 42nd Ward Alderman-elect Brendan Reilly takes office on May 21, the city's Plan Commission last week approved plans to build a hotel on the site of the vintage Cedar Hotel, 1112-18 N. State St.

Additionally, the commission gave the green light for the building of the Chicago Spire, an 150-story tower to be built across Lake Shore Drive from DuSable Park, which is located near Navy Pier, where Lake Michigan meets the Chicago River.

Both projects need approval of the full City Council.

Although the community, preservationists, and even Reilly called for the Cedar plan to be deferred until Reilly takes office May 21, M Development received approval to build a 20-story, boutique hotel, with approximately 150-200 guest rooms, a restaurant and limited-meeting space.

The development was designed to incorporate the Cedar's existing brick and terra-cotta masonry facade, and both the facade and current setback will remain as is, and the plaza/setback will remain and be enhanced with new landscaping.

"We are very pleased with the Chicago Plan Commission's approval," said Jeffrey Shapack, a principal with M Development.

Since the Cedar is orange-rated on the Chicago Historic Resources Survey--meaning it possesses historical significance--it will be subject to a 90-day delay when developers apply for a demolition permit. Architects Rissman and Hirschfeld began the Cedar's construction in 1924. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Shapack said M Development is committed to rehabilitating the Cedar's existing facade, and that original features and materials will be retained and preserved as possible.
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Old May 28th, 2007, 07:17 AM   #13
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Are all the buildings in the Gold Coast old with assessments in the $700/month range? Any new developments planned or a location I should look into? Really not looking for an older building with high assessments.

I hate the look of Sandberg Village and this seems to be the only place people are selling. I can see why too.
I don't live in the Gold Coast, but to answer your question -- yes. The reason behind this is that the building is old and requires a lot more money to maintain. It's just like if you were to buy a 80 year old home versus an 8 year old home.
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Old June 5th, 2007, 12:43 AM   #14
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http://home.businesswire.com/portal/...22&newsLang=en

Morgans Hotel Group Announces New Mondrian in Chicago

Morgans Hotel Group Co. today announced a new joint venture with M Development, a Chicago-based developer, to develop a Mondrian hotel in Chicago. Mondrian Chicago will be operated by MHG under a long-term management contract and is expected to open in 2010. The hotel is the fifth announced Mondrian, including Los Angeles, Scottsdale, and properties under development in Las Vegas and Miami.

The joint venture will develop Mondrian Chicago, which is currently expected to have 200 rooms, on the existing property of the Cedar Hotel at the highly desirable intersection of State, Rush and Cedar Streets. The property is located in the Gold Coast region of Chicago in close proximity to dining, nightlife, and high-end retail boutiques. In addition, given the propertys prime location, many guest rooms will have views of Lake Michigan.

Chicago is a key market for us to expand our brand, said Marc Gordon, Chief Investment Officer of MHG. Like MHGs other distinctive Mondrian hotels, Mondrian Chicago will boast the luxury amenities, cutting-edge design and energetic atmosphere that we believe distinguish our properties in the marketplace. We are pleased to partner with M Development, a leading firm with a strong track record in Chicago and the Midwest.

We are excited about our entry into this market and believe that this represents yet another example of how MHG can extract value from our distinguished brands by expanding to attractive markets, said Ed Scheetz, President and Chief Executive Officer of MHG. Chicago was a priority target market for us and we are pleased to have secured this flagship location for the new Mondrian. We look forward to working with M Development to develop this signature hotel in the very heart of Chicago.

Mondrian Chicago is expected to have significant space for a restaurant, bar, meeting rooms and an exercise facility, and plans call for it to be uniquely set back further from the street than the adjacent buildings, in order to allow for outdoor food and beverage operations. In addition, the current masonry faade of the existing Cedar Hotel will be restored to preserve the buildings distinctive architectural features.

MHG will have a 49% interest in the joint venture. Upon completion, MHG is expected to operate the hotel under a 20-year management contract with two 5-year extension options. The development project is subject to various conditions, including obtaining acceptable financing.
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Old June 5th, 2007, 12:44 AM   #15
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The Morgans Hotel Group has a lot of awesome properties like the Sanderson in London. I look forward to seeing how the Mondrian in Chicago will compare.
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Old June 28th, 2007, 08:39 PM   #16
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Sorry, this is where the Cedar hotel should go

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/4...vins28.article

Legendary pub Melvin B's will make way for hotel
VIAGRA TRIANGLE | Bar was hot spot for romance-seekers

June 28, 2007
BY JANET RAUSA FULLER


It's last call at Melvin B's, long a haven for the people-watchers and romance-seekers of the Viagra Triangle.

The beer-and-burger bar at 1114 N. State -- whose outdoor patio in the summer is packed tighter than the abs on some of its customers -- will close in September to make way for a 200-room boutique hotel.
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http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/5...illy12.article

Everything but lunch on his plate
BY DAVID ROEDER


Proposal to replace Esquire theater, 58 E. Oak, with a hotel of about 13 stories

"The development requires an upzoning [for height and density]. I'm leaning against it."
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http://www.chicagotribune.com/busine...,6009943.story

Esquire redevelopment caught up in zoning

BY SANDRA M. JONES
September 1, 2007


A plan to redevelop the shuttered Esquire Theater site on Oak Street into a luxury hotel and retail shopping center has hit a snag.

M Development, the Chicago-based owner of the property, is seeking a zoning change to accommodate a 9-story hotel and a handful of boutiques on the tony street that houses the likes of Hermes, Prada, Furla and Jimmy Choo.

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The article also mentions the retail will be 3-4 floors.
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Old September 4th, 2007, 05:32 PM   #19
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FYI... The Latin School extension I asked about in the first post of this thread is complete. It isn't anything earth-shattering, but it does look nice.
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Has anybody seen any renderings for the Cedar Hotel site?
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