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Old April 20th, 2007, 02:22 AM   #221
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Definately needed there; if they every put CTA stop at 18th, would be good. Of course you have a nice SRO Hotel out your front door - not the best streetscape. I hope they will counter that with a good entry and lobby space.

It seems, especially in the last two years, the developers are putting product out with no design earlier and earlier. It may be that they are trying to reduce the window of availability for community comment..., especially the marginal developers. Even if you look at X/O, their videos, photos, etc. nothing is close to final, and the shots they do have are generic or quick overs so you really still do not know what the final product will look at. Not the case at Museum Park/Central Station developments.
Agree with you about an el stop at 18th - would definitely be well served as there is a large growing population within a few blocks of that spot.

As for X/O - they came out with renderings almost a year ago. And if you go to their sales office and take a look at the building model, you will have a very good and clear idea as to what the final product will look like.
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Old April 20th, 2007, 03:03 AM   #222
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Old April 20th, 2007, 03:07 AM   #223
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Old April 20th, 2007, 03:11 AM   #224
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Old April 20th, 2007, 07:21 AM   #225
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It might still be a while. My sense was that they were bidding demolition rather than preparing for it.
Well it is a start none the less!
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Old April 20th, 2007, 08:24 AM   #226
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Old April 20th, 2007, 08:55 PM   #227
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It was the Union Bus Depot. . .
Wow, thanks for the very complete info.
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Old April 21st, 2007, 08:09 PM   #228
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Today is open house for X/O

Anyone stop by there?
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Old April 23rd, 2007, 04:44 PM   #229
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eco18 - 1818 South Wabash

http://www.eco18.com/

eco18 is the result of uncompromising enthusiasm for green building by Dynaprop Development Corporation. eco18 will be one of Chicago’s most technologically advanced residential green projects. eco18 consists of two tastefully designed towers composed of 186 units being built in two phases. Unlike most other condominiums in Chicago, eco18 will be pursuing LEED Gold Certification. eco18 will include an accessible green rooftop, recycled materials, water conserving technology, and both energy conserving solar thermal and geothermal technology. Located in the South Loop of Chicago, eco18 invites you to visit the on-site sales center and furnished model (1832 S. Wabash), representing this forward thinking project!
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This was the first that I had heard of ECO18. Hopefully this sparks development from 16th to 18. I was surpised to find this as far along as it was.
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Old April 23rd, 2007, 04:47 PM   #230
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^ Oh, great. Now we just need somebody to step in there and find out what this thing will look like
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Old April 24th, 2007, 04:00 AM   #234
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^Thanks, but no thanks. More crap that should never see the light of day. I was hoping that with all the tech advances they were promising there might be a chance that this would come out decent. Guess not.
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Old April 24th, 2007, 06:32 AM   #236
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Nooooo (>_<). Not in my neighborhood!
The SRO across the street looks better.
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Old April 24th, 2007, 08:04 AM   #237
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Can we take one of the X/O towers over here?

I dunno about you guys, but I'm willing to take a few architectural bullets like this one if it means the South Loop densifies faster.
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Old April 24th, 2007, 06:18 PM   #238
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At the very least, it gives the image of being very pedestrian friendly and having a lot of ground-floor retail.
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Old April 24th, 2007, 06:49 PM   #239
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2 cents: we don't have the luxury of being this picky in the south loop. We already have a lot of quality projects u/c or proposed, and future projects that will certainly be of high quality. This thing is an immense upgrade from what is there, and that small area of the south loop is somewhat lifeless at the moment, so this project will be great for the area. Look at pictures of the south loop from 6 or 7 years ago, and i'm sure your attitudes will change about this project. We've come a long way down here, and anything that brings in more residents, more retail, and enhances street life is welcome in my book.
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Old April 24th, 2007, 07:39 PM   #240
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it gives the image of being very pedestrian friendly and having a lot of ground-floor retail.
I was amused to see that even the renderer gave up on the chances of attracting real retail and put in a sign for a realty office.
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