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Old December 31st, 2009, 05:22 PM   #2041
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Firestone is planning a replacement store on the site.
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Old December 31st, 2009, 08:25 PM   #2042
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They're rebuilding the garage because the building was in such bad shape from years and years and years of neglect.

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Old December 31st, 2009, 08:26 PM   #2043
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They're rebuilding the garage because the building was in such bad shape from years and years and years of neglect.

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Old January 7th, 2010, 11:09 PM   #2044
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Demolition has begun on the old YWCA Building at 830 S. Michigan.
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Old January 7th, 2010, 11:23 PM   #2045
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Demolition has begun on the old YWCA Building at 830 S. Michigan.
Wow, that's incredibly sad. I REALLY hope we don't end up with another dull Park 1000 design when this lot is developed.
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Old January 12th, 2010, 08:56 PM   #2046
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Demolition has begun on the old YWCA Building at 830 S. Michigan.
Are they taking it down completely? I was hoping someone would do a facadectomy on this one.
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Old January 12th, 2010, 11:08 PM   #2047
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^No one stepped up with money to preserve the fašade. Remember, without the (wooden) structure behind it, it's just a tall thin stack of bricks. That's different from the McGraw-Hill, Farwell, or Jewelers Row buildings. It's probably easier to reconstruct it from photos than to try to hold it up as a fašade.
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Old January 12th, 2010, 11:32 PM   #2048
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Here's the new Firestone store. Woo-hoo.

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The building will be back at the back of the lot, with a lovely parking lot in front. There will be five service bays entered from the alley side (though not from the alley itself).
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 01:08 AM   #2049
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^*Shudder*

http://www.chicagojournal.com/News/0...re_parks_board

Burnham Memorial up before parks board
01/20/2010 10:00 PM


...The district is expected to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the city of Chicago, accepting $2 million in tax increment financing dollars to create a new, 1.08-acre park at 1611-1629 S. Wabash.

Friedler Construction Co. may be chosen to redevelop the shoreline on the north side of Ping Tom Park, 300 W. 19th. A contract not worth more than $4.9 million would pay for environmental remediation of the land; two riverfront trails; a boardwalk over the Chicago River; site grading; and a range of landscaping work.
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Mr. D, any idea on what the Wabash park will look like?
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 06:39 AM   #2050
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All I've heard is that Alderman Fioretti wants a park there with a dog-friendly area. I'm confused about how this works with True Rock's expansion plans.

I asked his parks co÷rdinator why that was necessary with a dog park already in place at 14th Place and Wabash. That one's in the 3rd Ward, so apparently its existence was news to her.
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Old January 23rd, 2010, 08:49 AM   #2051
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Does this mean the 1611-1629 S. Wabash park will get built in a few months? I hope they put lots of trees and not just grass.
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Old February 8th, 2010, 09:37 PM   #2052
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Today's Sun-Times reports award of a contract for construction of the intermodal center at LaSalle Street Station.
A clout-heavy company with two generations of ties to the Daley family has been awarded a $3.3 million contract to build a "transfer center" meant to make it easier for commuters at Metra's LaSalle Street station to switch to CTA buses.

Walsh Construction will convert a surface parking lot at the southeast corner of Congress and Financial Place into a bus turnaround, with covered shelters, a lighted, landscaped plaza, and an elevator and staircase to the Metra station.

Metra passengers will be able to board CTA buses in one place, instead of walking to bus stops on Jackson, Van Buren, LaSalle or Harrison. The project will feature two new, dedicated CTA bus lanes on Financial Place.
Not sure why Fran Spielman felt the need to focus on Walsh's supposed clout when they were the low bidder.
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Old February 9th, 2010, 05:12 PM   #2053
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Not sure why Fran Spielman felt the need to focus on Walsh's supposed clout when they were the low bidder.
You want your news fair and balanced? Where's the fun in that?
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Old March 19th, 2010, 01:12 PM   #2054
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Grand possibility for rail terminal site
S. LOOP | Huge rail terminal site on market, for buyers with patience

March 19, 2010

BY DAVID ROEDER [email protected]
The biggest empty chunk of downtown Chicago is for sale, ready for somebody to take a chance on a future cycle of real estate growth.

Buyers should bring cash, great credit and patience.

The property is eight acres at the southwest corner of Harrison and Wells, which several investors have taken a crack at. It has been vacant since 1971, when the Grand Central Station rail terminal was torn down, to the horror of people who loved the architecture.

Russland Capital Group Inc. of Skokie owns the largest part of the tract, 6.6 acres, and is marketing it for $41 million.

The remaining 1.5 acres is at the corner. Its owner, D2 Realty Services Inc., is trying to sell it, but a price could not be learned. It had tried to peddle it for $15 million, but the contract never closed.

Russland's part includes frontage on the Chicago River, so developers have eyed it for a residential and retail mix. The housing collapse and credit squeeze upset those plans.

Jacob Bletnitsky, Russland president, said his firm doesn't want to hold the land for the next boom. "We're developers. We have other uses for the cash, and this is very expensive property to keep," he said.

Bletnitsky said Russland paid $34 million for the site two years ago and that valuations have veered wildly. He said that a few months after he bought it, Dubai investors offered him $100 million. He said they were working on the contract before the Dubai economy collapsed.

To market the property, Russland has hired Rick Levin & Associates Inc. The firm is best known for auctioning properties, but President Rick Levin said he is selling the parcel conventionally.

The land is just south of the city's financial markets. Levin said it will be the logical place for downtown to expand when the economy improves.

Bonnie Sanchez-Carlson, president of the Near South Planning Board, said neighbors probably will resist a zoning plan for the site that calls for a massive dose of housing. She said the South Loop has too many unsold condos.

Ald. Robert Fioretti, whose 2nd Ward includes the site, said the river exposure makes the land attractive for new homes. But he said he would resist high-rises because too many have been built, bringing congestion to the South Loop.
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Old March 19th, 2010, 04:50 PM   #2055
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Old March 19th, 2010, 05:10 PM   #2056
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Today's Tribune has an article about Roosevelt University adding student athletics so it will seem more like a "real" university. Buried near the end is this graf:
Roosevelt officials plan to transform a 14,000-square-foot parking lot in the South Loop into a multistory athletics building paid for by donors and sponsors, Cassidy said.
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Old March 19th, 2010, 09:58 PM   #2057
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Today's Tribune has an article about Roosevelt University adding student athletics so it will seem more like a "real" university. Buried near the end is this graf:
Roosevelt officials plan to transform a 14,000-square-foot parking lot in the South Loop into a multistory athletics building paid for by donors and sponsors, Cassidy said.
^ Oh my God! EMERGENCY MEETING of the South Loop neighbors! We cannot lose another parking lot. What will we do? Where will we go? Our neighborhood is falling apart!

First shadows, now more parking being lost. Luckily that new school on S. Michigan Ave will have a parking lot. Whew, dodged one there. We have to keep our neighborhood livable, that means NO MORE development on our precious parking lots! After all, where will Grandma park when she visits us next Christmas? Evil developers!!

Okay, sarcastic semi-humorous rant over..
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Old March 19th, 2010, 10:30 PM   #2058
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lol

Everytime the city loses another parking lot, I do a little dance.



May developers kill many, many more parking lots. They have my full blessing.
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Old March 19th, 2010, 11:03 PM   #2059
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Any idea what lot they're talking about?
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Old March 20th, 2010, 07:41 AM   #2060
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^No, though the (rather small) 14,000 sf size fits the one right across Wabash from the new building—it's 80 x 172. SEC Congress/Wabash (Auditorium Garage) might be another possibility, but I’d hate to see that site thrown away for a gym. It makes more sense for a pair of residential highrises that would look out over the Congress Hotel to Grant Park.

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^ Oh my God! EMERGENCY MEETING of the South Loop neighbors! We cannot lose another parking lot.
I’m not sure what has provoked such sniping from the country cousins in Wisconsin. You know, South Loop Neighbors is an actual group with actual positions and organized meetings and everything. It’s not just some random gits on the Internet. The group has never ever asked for more parking for any project, nor bemoaned the loss of a parking lot.

And why is it that you cannot seem to understand that the Old St. Mary’s school is replacing a parking lot, not building one?

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