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Old April 20th, 2008, 06:27 PM   #1521
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Construction update:

The crane is coming down at One Place this weekend. Oddly, they only built nine floors; the renderings showed ten.



Next door, Astoria Tower is working on its ninth floor.

Over on Clark Street, Amli 900:

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Old April 21st, 2008, 07:34 AM   #1522
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^Well, in this rendering for the Astoria (the same developer, right?), it looks like its 9 stories.

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Old April 22nd, 2008, 05:36 AM   #1523
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Any current news on Vetro (Wells/Harrison)??

No signs of any real construction of late, but the whole place has a very unfinished feel to it (just walk down Wells). Gossip is that many things are left undone, including painting the raw concrete and that they're out of money, but I've also heard that they've signed a Thai restaurant and a "convenience store" for the commercial space.

I do have to say that it all looks really low-budget at this point.
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Old April 22nd, 2008, 08:03 AM   #1524
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Old April 22nd, 2008, 08:39 PM   #1525
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Vetro is one of the best looking condo buildings in the South Loop.
I agree. For whatever reason it seems to take real guts to go truly minimalist and rigorously Modern like that, even though it seems like economics would favor it. I love the way that building looks.

With the addition of the glass balconies, Burnham Pointe is actually shaping up pretty okay, too. I'm kinda coming around to the brownish copperish things.
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Old April 22nd, 2008, 10:27 PM   #1526
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Vetro is one of the best looking condo buildings in the South Loop.

The bare concrete is by design. The minimalist look is intentional.
Let me start over here. I didn't mean to imply that I thought it should be painted. I was just quoting someone who used that (rightly or wrongly) as one example of the many, many things yet to be done on this building. Minimalism is great, but you've got to get the details spot on since everything little problem sticks out. At this point, when you get close up Vetro has a great many things left undone, and there is very little sign of any major ongoing construction at this point. Walk along Wells and pay close attention to the structure - you'll see a lot of unfinished stuff and a lot of very poorly executed detailing.

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Old April 23rd, 2008, 03:31 AM   #1527
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Old April 25th, 2008, 12:02 AM   #1528
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McGrath

Today's column in the Journal takes the position that Avalon Bay should not go up because it might block Bonnie's view from her Dearborn Park Two home or deck of the Sears Tower. And you guys knock the Prairie District folks?
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Old April 25th, 2008, 12:06 AM   #1529
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Today's column in the Journal takes the position that Avalon Bay should not go up because it might block Bonnie's view from her Dearborn Park Two home or deck of the Sears Tower. And you guys knock the Prairie District folks?
who is Bonnie? whoever she is, she can go pound sand. and what journal backs her?
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Old April 25th, 2008, 12:36 AM   #1530
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The Chicago Journal a local newspaper for the west and south loop and near west. She also demonstrates a little ignorance by saying that the Sears is the tallest building in the world, because its still taller than the Petronas. Any skyscraper geek could have told her that Tapei 101 is the undisputed tallest right now, and that Burj Dubai has already surpassed it as well. I mean is she still living in 2002?
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Old April 25th, 2008, 12:38 AM   #1531
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Oh yeah, so Burnham point is supposedly going all rental. So maybe theyll end up reducing the # of units in Avalon Bay? I doubt that though. BUt its still a lot of rental units introduced to the market at once.
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Old April 25th, 2008, 05:02 AM   #1532
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It would be a big mistake to think of Bonnie McGrath as somehow the "voice" of the Chicago Journal. She's a columnist whose only responsibility is to fill up space between the ads. Some weeks the soup is rather thin. Musing about whether she'll lose her view of Sears Tower is not the same as opining that public policy should prevent that result.
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Old April 25th, 2008, 05:02 AM   #1533
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Burnham Pointe is definately going rental. My attorney is working on getting my deposit back. For me, it worked out well since I no longer live in Chicago.
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Old April 25th, 2008, 05:29 AM   #1534
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Burnham Pointe is definately going rental. My attorney is working on getting my deposit back. For me, it worked out well since I no longer live in Chicago.
So you got heckled by Peter Ziv & Co. for nothing?
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Old April 25th, 2008, 04:23 PM   #1535
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It would be a big mistake to think of Bonnie McGrath as somehow the "voice" of the Chicago Journal. She's a columnist whose only responsibility is to fill up space between the ads. Some weeks the soup is rather thin. Musing about whether she'll lose her view of Sears Tower is not the same as opining that public policy should prevent that result.

How about the comparison between Avalon's developer setting up an independent engineer and a dedicated damage fund to payoffs to Iraqi widows and their children after US forces destroy their homes and kill their husbands in Bagdhad? She has lost touch with reality in column after column.
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Old April 25th, 2008, 05:45 PM   #1536
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Renters Row: S Clark St

So if "Renters Row" is what has become of S Clark St, I'd encourage and welcome new restaurant openings along the street. I about ate out 7 nights/wk back in my renting days.

Any retail opinions/ideas out there?
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Old April 25th, 2008, 06:13 PM   #1537
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Old April 26th, 2008, 01:17 AM   #1538
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So if "Renters Row" is what has become of S Clark St, I'd encourage and welcome new restaurant openings along the street. I about ate out 7 nights/wk back in my renting days.

Any retail opinions/ideas out there?
AMLI will not have any retail (at least not a restaurant), but you may see somehting in Burnham Pointe. Last I heard they had a Starbucks coming in. It will be hard to compete with the restaurants/retail of Printers Row and Roosevelt Collection. Currently, just Pat's Pizza and a bar which keeps going in and out of business make up Clark Street. There is a Potbellys in Printers Row and soon to have a new mexican restaurant, so don't expect a Chipotle or Potbelly's, which seem to be attracted to rental areas (you wont find any fine dining here).

Although I do think a tavern would do well (maybe a new location for Goose Island?)
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Old April 26th, 2008, 07:05 PM   #1539
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AMLI will not have any retail (at least not a restaurant), but you may see somehting in Burnham Pointe. Last I heard they had a Starbucks coming in. It will be hard to compete with the restaurants/retail of Printers Row and Roosevelt Collection. Currently, just Pat's Pizza and a bar which keeps going in and out of business make up Clark Street. There is a Potbellys in Printers Row and soon to have a new mexican restaurant, so don't expect a Chipotle or Potbelly's, which seem to be attracted to rental areas (you wont find any fine dining here).

Although I do think a tavern would do well (maybe a new location for Goose Island?)
There is also Blackies on the corner at Polk. The bar, currently Villains, seems to be drawing quite a crowd and should be well when the influx of students begins. If by "new mexican restaurant" you mean Sombrero, at this point is is still being used as a storage place for Hackney's outdoor furniture and I don't see any signs of construction. I wonder if it will really happen. I agree that the string of restaurants in Printers Row seem to adequately serving the population at this point - although a couple mid-scale places would certainly be welcome. Currently, its a big jump from burger joints and bad Thai to Custom House. More options in between would be nice.
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Old April 26th, 2008, 07:10 PM   #1540
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In the course of the last week the developer had all the illegally parked cars (by River City) towed in the middle of the night. The broken fence along Harrison has also been repaired.

Information from the Alderman's office is that there are no plans, permits, etc., at this point, so we're a long way off from seeing any real action at this site. And if history continues, this owner won't be the LAST one either!
Things are getting a bit ugly over at Freedom Point. The developers have made multiple attempts to close off the gate on Wells in the middle of the property, postings signs and locking the gate. When the locks were cut off several times they then completely closed the gate by putting a strip of fencing behind it and posted new "no trespassing" signs. Sometime in the past couple days someone cut a hole in the fence next to the gate and peeled back a section of the chain link. This situation seems headed toward confrontation.
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