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Old May 16th, 2009, 03:11 AM   #1941
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Construction fencing was supposed to go up this week, with a 120-day schedule. But at the last minute the alderman decided to hold a groundbreaking ceremony during the Printers Row Lit Fest, on June 6th.

The "typographers'" benches have not been value-engineered out, I was told, nor any other important feature. But I haven't seen bid documents or construction drawings.
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Old May 18th, 2009, 03:53 AM   #1942
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Construction fencing was supposed to go up this week, with a 120-day schedule. But at the last minute the alderman decided to hold a groundbreaking ceremony during the Printers Row Lit Fest, on June 6th.

The "typographers'" benches have not been value-engineered out, I was told, nor any other important feature. But I haven't seen bid documents or construction drawings.
Budget obviously has been this new park's largest issue, and it appears the plan is to replace the existing mature trees around the fountain. Why the need for fresh new immature trees, especially when cost has been the holdup?
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Old May 18th, 2009, 08:34 PM   #1943
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Budget obviously has been this new park's largest issue, and it appears the plan is to replace the existing mature trees around the fountain. Why the need for fresh new immature trees, especially when cost has been the holdup?
I was hoping they would save those! Although with a budget of $1 million, the savings would be negligible. I thought I heard a good chunk of the money is required for soil remediation.
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Old May 19th, 2009, 05:19 PM   #1944
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The new park plan diagram shows a tree configuration different from what exists now. Thus the assumption for the replacement of the existing trees.

The diagram shows the trees in a rounded pattern around the fountain, while currently they stand squared.

Two points to replacing those existing trees:
This little park surrounded by concrete jungle is special for foliage, not a great new brick surface. Replacing mature, large-leafed trees with dinky little new ones would be a loss and take at least a decade to grow to a comparable level.

As cost has been a bottleneck, I'm guessing comparable replacement trees cost $5000-7500/per. Someone more knowledgeable could correct that figure. But why unnecessarily spend?
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Old May 19th, 2009, 08:19 PM   #1945
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I'm guessing comparable replacement trees cost $5000-7500/per. Someone more knowledgeable could correct that figure.
I got a casual quote from my landscaper last fall: fairly mature 20 foot trees would cost $1500-2000 each, installed.
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Old May 21st, 2009, 08:50 AM   #1946
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http://www.chicagojournal.com/News/0...s_big_project_

Roosevelt's big project
05/20/2009 10:00 PM

By MICAH MAIDENBERG


Roosevelt University is seeking to build a 32-story structure on Wabash Avenue in the footprint of the Herman Crown Center, which will be demolished.

Assuming various city approvals and permits fall into place and financing for the $125 million project is secured, construction could begin as early as the summer, according to Roosevelt president Charles Middleton.

...Developers imagine huge student dorm

A partnership between L & H Real Estate Group and Brownstone Realty was scheduled as of Chicago Journalís deadline to seek Plan Commission approval to build a 37-story building with approximately 621 rooms and 1,221 beds and retail space over a surface parking lot at southeast corner of Van Buren and Wabash.

But the group behind the proposal isnít planning to build anytime soon ó they donít have the financing. Theyíre just looking to get various city permissions lined up.
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Old May 21st, 2009, 08:53 AM   #1947
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Old May 28th, 2009, 02:37 PM   #1948
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Park?

Not to beat a dead horse on the park topic but does anyone know whatís planned for the gated area bound by 16th, Indiana and the St. Charles Air Line Railroad? For months this plot of land has been gated off to the public and then several weeks ago a team of landscapers threw down sod/mulch, which was long overdue, but than proceeded to lock up the fencing.

Additionally, Iím not actually sure who owns this land. According to the record of the deeds the joint Central Station Development Corp. & Forest City Enterprises Group owned the land but it appears they sold it to The Gammonley Group (developers of Prairie Point Ė 1600 S. Prairie Ave.) back in 2004.

Future park or residential/commercial building?
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Old May 28th, 2009, 08:12 PM   #1949
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A park seems redundant, since there's already one just across the tracks. I'd bet a building goes up eventually, but not anytime soon.
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Old May 29th, 2009, 12:07 AM   #1950
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It is/will be a park...

The site is currently owned by the condo association located on the sw corner of Prarie and 16th....

The CPD has long terms plan to purchase it from the association, but in the meantime, the condo owners are doing minimal maintenance to save $...
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Old June 1st, 2009, 08:04 PM   #1951
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At the alderman's Town Hall meeting on the 28th, he said the Park District didn't want it. Too small.

In other park news:

Alderman Robert Fioretti and the Chicago Park District invite you to attend a public meeting on June 2 to discuss the future of Park 550 (Vietnam Veterans Museum) located at 1801 S. Indiana.

A previous public meeting occurred on December 15, 2008 where programming input was obtained from the community. At the June 2 meeting, drawings developed by the Chicago Park District will be on display.

TIME: 6:30 pm
LOCATION: Park 550 (Vietnam Veterans Museum) located at 1801 S. Indiana
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Old June 1st, 2009, 10:56 PM   #1952
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http://www.chicagotribune.com/busine...,5973010.story

Chicago racked by room glut
By Mary Ellen Podmolik
June 1, 2009


...Likewise, Greenberg has no immediate plans, or financing, to push forward with Aloft Millennium Park at Balbo Avenue and Wabash and Aloft Lincolnshire.
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Old June 3rd, 2009, 06:43 PM   #1953
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Old Colony Building may become dorms
April 1, 2009
I guess they've started cleaning off the Old Colony Building for this project. The actual semi-clean brick is much less attractive than the layers of Victorian-style grime. Sort of shocking to walk up the street and see this dull white thing where the dingy black one used to be. There are a lot more imperfections in the facade (many patched with metal, it looks like) than I'd every noticed, and the brick is frankly a pretty ugly whitish-grey color.

Admittedly they're only partway done, so maybe it'll be a shining city on the hill when they're actually finished.
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Old June 3rd, 2009, 08:37 PM   #1954
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Dunkin Donuts coming to The Dwight

After seeing signs of activity over the past couple days, I finally took a peek yesterday.

Dunkin Donuts is clearly moving into two of the storefronts just South of Pat's and Subway. Looks like they're pretty far along, as all the internal signage is in place already. No outside sign as of last night.
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Old June 18th, 2009, 06:23 PM   #1955
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DCD issues RFPs for Beverly, South Loop sites

Revival of 9th and State Street Site Redevelopment Project
The CDC authorized the rejection of previous responses to the initial RFP issued in 2003 and the re-advertising and re-issuance of an RFP for the purchase and redevelopment of the property located at the southeast corner of 9th and State Streets. The goal of the RFP is to ultimately see a mixed-use development on this site, which is now vacant City-owned land with a parking lot. The target price is $9.7 million with no TIF or other assistance being offered.
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Old June 26th, 2009, 09:33 PM   #1956
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The new park plan diagram shows a tree configuration different from what exists now. Thus the assumption for the replacement of the existing trees.

The diagram shows the trees in a rounded pattern around the fountain, while currently they stand squared.

Two points to replacing those existing trees:
This little park surrounded by concrete jungle is special for foliage, not a great new brick surface. Replacing mature, large-leafed trees with dinky little new ones would be a loss and take at least a decade to grow to a comparable level.

As cost has been a bottleneck, I'm guessing comparable replacement trees cost $5000-7500/per. Someone more knowledgeable could correct that figure. But why unnecessarily spend?
The question is now moot, since the trees are history.
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Old June 27th, 2009, 02:14 AM   #1957
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Yes, the alderman noted in his last newsletter the trees had to be removed (though did not explain why) to address complaints.

My guesses (based on past projects I have worked on) is they had to remove all vegetation due to existing contaminated soils or they would have died during demolition.
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Old June 30th, 2009, 04:06 PM   #1958
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The question is now moot, since the trees are history.
Thanks for the mooting by stating the obvious, MilePig. Brilliant there

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Old July 6th, 2009, 11:01 PM   #1959
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http://www.gazettechicago.com/index/?p=265

Jones, Roosevelt expanding their South Loop facilities
By Marie Balice Ward


...The existing Jones College Prep building will be sold to defray some of the cost for the new structure, which is estimated at $130 million. About $90 million will be provided by tax increment finance money, with the remainder provided by CPS from money gained from the sale of the building.

...Perez requested a demographic analysis, contending that the South Loop needs another open enrollment high school. The closest school, he noted, is Wendell Phillips Academy High School, which is located at Pershing Road and Indiana Avenue. Perez also said that, if the existing school building is sold to developers, any new development likely would be at least 30 stories high (as allowed by current zoning). He suggested using the building for extra high school classroom space instead.

...Plans also call for a 75-car parking lot and project completion by fall 2013. Groundbreaking has not yet been scheduled, however.
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Old July 7th, 2009, 06:22 PM   #1960
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Thanks for the mooting by stating the obvious, MilePig. Brilliant there
Well, if you will go back throught he sequence of posts, you will discover that my posting of the fact that the trees had actually been removed was the first report of that. Its called NEWS. Everything prior was information that they WOULD be removed, accompanied by implied hope that they could still be saved. So, the fact that they had actually been removed less than 24 hours before my posting was hardly obvious to anyone other than those who happened to walk past there.

Snippy comments about other posters brilliance (or lack thereof) may partially explain why this forum has dwindled into nothing more than the very occcasional posting by 2-3 folk who think they know everything and belittle the others who are just trying to contribute news when they see it.

Add me to the list of "former readers".
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