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Old September 3rd, 2009, 09:15 PM   #1981
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Studio/GANG's Columbia College Media Center, 9/2. I chose the worst possible time (mid-afternoon) to snap these pics, but you get the idea. Despite what these photos might indicate, the project is going to be very photogenic.

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Old September 4th, 2009, 08:25 PM   #1982
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Even in this stage, I already see its awesome potential. Can't wait.
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Old September 10th, 2009, 07:12 AM   #1983
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http://www.chicagojournal.com/News/0...tall_dormitory

Fioretti vows to stall dormitory
By MICAH MAIDENBERG


Kargil Development, known for its residential buildings throughout the South Loop, received the go-ahead Tuesday to purchase 1136-40 S. Wabash from the city of Chicago for $8 million.

The developers envision a 287-foot dormitory tower for the land, providing 420 two-bedroom suites and 20 resident assistant rooms for a total occupancy of 860 university students.

But Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd), whose ward includes the parcel for sale, is promising to stall the project when it comes before the city council’s Committee on Zoning.
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Old September 13th, 2009, 10:04 PM   #1984
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http://www.chicagojournal.com/Blogs/...tudent_housing

1136 S Wabash
287' / 26 floors
17300 sf retail on two floors (including a 2827 sf coffee shop on Roosevelt)
80 parking spaces
"Direct connection between the retail space and the CTA station (recommended by CTA staff) located immediately west of the site through the east wall of the station"
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Old September 14th, 2009, 07:54 AM   #1985
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[B]But Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd), whose ward includes the parcel for sale, is promising to stall the project when it comes before the city council’s Committee on Zoning.
Let's hope Fioretti is working with the developer on this and not letting his feud with the developer get in the way of this one. This could be a great project for the area - there is a large shortage of student housing, and this location is almost ideal for students.

My concern (and likely the reason Fioretti may cite for stalling this project) is creating a project that would allow anyone to stay there, effectively creating an SRO (there have been comlaints about this with Dwight Lofts). Based on the information available, this will be very expensive dorms, so I do not see this as a problem. You also wouldn't want creepy middle-aged men mingling in the halls with the co-eds. I'm sure there is a way a crafty attorney like Fioretti can address this without blocking this project.
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Old September 18th, 2009, 03:05 AM   #1986
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In brief: | YMCA | GSA | Earth Friendly Products
By , Sep. 17, 2009


The YMCA of the USA has agreed to a long-term lease for 70,000 square feet at 101 N. Wacker Drive, after dropping plans earlier this year to build a new corporate campus in the South Loop. The lease, which hasn’t been finalized, is a 10-plus-year deal that has the Y-USA expanding in the building from its current occupancy of about 62,000 square feet, says Jim Mellor, the Y-USA’s chief financial officer. After dropping the construction plan, Y-USA looked at buying opportunities. Mr. Mellor says 101 N. Wacker’s landlord, Hines Interests L.P., and other landlords offered such aggressive rents and concessions that it made leasing more attractive than buying – even though non-profits don’t pay property taxes if they are owners. Y-USA’s broker, Martin Stern of U.S. Equities Realty, continues to market the South Loop site at the southeast corner of State and Harrison Streets, which Y-USA bought in 2005 for $10.7 million. Mr. Stern says he’s gotten interest from “vultures,” but notes that the parking lot there now generates a return and that the Y-USA isn’t in a rush to sell. “This is not a distressed property,” he says.
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Old October 22nd, 2009, 09:25 PM   #1987
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The little park/Jones HS smoking area is going in at Library Tower this week.
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Old October 26th, 2009, 12:20 AM   #1988
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New parks in the South Loop

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Old October 26th, 2009, 03:46 AM   #1989
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New parks in South Loop

Two new parks are ready to open in the South Loop. The first is located at 600 block of S Dearborn in Printers Row. It was part street cuthrough from Dearborn to Federal, part surface lot and a small fountain. The fountain remains and they added seating in the form of printing blocks, in an attempt to engage the participants in the history of Printers Row. See pics below.






The second is a small green park at the south end of Library Tower (NW corner of State and Harrison). It was a small parking lot for 5-6 cars and they quickly transformed it into a welcome bit of green space. See pics below.



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Old October 26th, 2009, 04:19 AM   #1990
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^Thanks for the photos.

I think I prefer the second though. It might just be the lack of activity at the time you captured these pics, but the south seating area in the Printers Row park looks kind of sparsely landscaped at not very friendly.

I'm interested in knowing what Mr Downtown thinks, especially of the seating and whether it captures the typesetting effect.
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Old October 26th, 2009, 04:43 AM   #1991
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In regards to the first, it seems that it could be rather nice with the appropriate amount of activity. Given that winter's fast approaching it might take a while to see if anything close to that level of activity actually occurs...
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Old October 26th, 2009, 04:44 AM   #1992
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that said, it does appear more than a little barren at the moment
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Old October 29th, 2009, 10:14 PM   #1993
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http://www.chicagojournal.com/News/1...ter_could_rise

Data storage center could rise
By MICAH MAIDENBERG


McHugh Construction Co. wants to construct a new data storage center on the southwest corner of Cermak and Indiana, a parcel currently used for surface-level parking.
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Old October 30th, 2009, 04:36 AM   #1994
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I'm interested in knowing what Mr Downtown thinks, especially of the seating and whether it captures the typesetting effect.
Well, as you may know, I actually designed the faces of the "blocks of type," choosing a period typeface and creating fragments of the right length, then exporting CAD drawings. The challenge was to keep them from looking like kids' blocks. I was very pleased to see that all the details I carefully specified survived value engineering, shop drawings, and fabrication. The only thing that surprised me was the black coloration on the raised surfaces. That's something that happens with rubber stamps, but wasn't usually noticeable on used slugs of metal type.
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Old October 30th, 2009, 09:03 PM   #1995
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Big Plans Afoot for Congress Parkway

Nice article and PDF posted on the Chicago Architecture blog. See links below. Sounds like construction to start next year........

Article
http://blog.chicagoarchitecture.info...s-parkway.html

CDOT PDF
http://egov.cityofchicago.org/webpor...nt_Oct2008.pdf
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Old November 11th, 2009, 11:41 PM   #1996
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East-West University is tearing down the seven-story building at 831 South Wabash, which had a handsome limestone and brick façade. It had been owned for decades by Johnson Publishing, but was purchased last year by East-West University. For the time being, it will simply become an expansion of the parking lot next door.
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Old November 12th, 2009, 04:42 AM   #1997
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East-West University is tearing down the seven-story building at 831 South Wabash, which had a handsome limestone and brick façade. It had been owned for decades by Johnson Publishing, but was purchased last year by East-West University. For the time being, it will simply become an expansion of the parking lot next door.
^ Great!

That's just what the South Loop needs, more parking lots.

That's how to sell your neighborhood
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Old November 12th, 2009, 08:08 AM   #1998
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East-West University is tearing down the seven-story building at 831 South Wabash, which had a handsome limestone and brick façade. It had been owned for decades by Johnson Publishing, but was purchased last year by East-West University. For the time being, it will simply become an expansion of the parking lot next door.
Huh. BTW, it turns out that E-W project I mentioned was actually real but apparently put on hold. I'm not sure if they're going to pursue that in the future or scale it down or do something else but hopefully they stick with same kind of design and size.
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