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Old June 28th, 2007, 10:17 PM   #101
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From speaking to a couple of agents

There will be no amenities just like 1720 Michigan, 1620 Michigan, 630 Franklin.

They just finalized the purchase of the Chinese restaurant property and plan to start construction in August. They have secured the financing as they surpassed the 289 units needed under contract to get the construction loan. They are to have a website and sales center in September.

I'm not sure what the retail space will be and they said they would like a health club. From what I understand, they tend to charge a lot for their commercial spaces and thus have had a hard time filling them. No occupants at 1845 Michigan, 630 Franklin, 1620 Michigan.
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Old June 28th, 2007, 10:28 PM   #102
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Old June 29th, 2007, 06:55 PM   #103
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thanks for the updates!!

ps that Chinese food place is terrible anyway. Hands down the worst chinese food in the city
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Old June 29th, 2007, 10:23 PM   #104
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thanks for the updates!!

ps that Chinese food place is terrible anyway. Hands down the worst chinese food in the city
Thanks for the free "Bad"vertising - Definetly won't visit.
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Old June 30th, 2007, 08:49 AM   #105
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thanks for the updates!!

ps that Chinese food place is terrible anyway. Hands down the worst chinese food in the city
Now, now. It's not nice to speak ill of the dead.
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Old July 2nd, 2007, 03:12 AM   #106
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FWIW, that Chinese place had a "Fioretti for Alderman" sign in the window before the election. Maybe they thought Fioretti would step in and stop the "evil developer" from taking their place away?

I'm glad CMK was able to reach an amicable deal with the owner. From what I understand, CMK tried to purchase the land a long time ago (through an intermediary) but as soon as the owner got wind that his property was in play, he started playing games.
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Old July 2nd, 2007, 05:45 AM   #107
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FWIW, that Chinese place had a "Fioretti for Alderman" sign in the window before the election. Maybe they thought Fioretti would step in and stop the "evil developer" from taking their place away?

I'm glad CMK was able to reach an amicable deal with the owner. From what I understand, CMK tried to purchase the land a long time ago (through an intermediary) but as soon as the owner got wind that his property was in play, he started playing games.


I'm very glad it was worked out (CMK acquiring the last parcel they apparently need for this great project) without having to go through the same type of BS - authorization of forceable sale to city - that was needed for Buck to get his plaza at 155 Wacker...
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Old July 23rd, 2007, 10:59 PM   #108
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SALES CENTER UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Hey all-
Just walked by Wells and Van Buren and they are building a Sales Center for the 235 Van Buren Apts. It looks like its being built pretty fast..dont forget to check it out~

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Old July 23rd, 2007, 11:49 PM   #109
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Old July 24th, 2007, 07:17 AM   #110
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What dont you like?
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Old July 25th, 2007, 02:18 AM   #111
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I dont really like this building
C'mon... It looks like a nifty 1980's video game... We should call it the Atari tower ("Right On, Man!")

Yes... it's still a box, and as much as I love Miesian style, it would be nice to see some buildings other than the typical box be built here in Chicago...

Side note: Barcelona has some pretty cool developments...
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Old August 7th, 2007, 12:24 AM   #112
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CMK banners

I just visited the site and the the CMK banners which were there on the fence are not there any more

anyone? anything to worry about?
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Old August 7th, 2007, 03:56 AM   #113
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I just visited the site and the the CMK banners which were there on the fence are not there any more

anyone? anything to worry about?

I talked to someone from CMK a few days ago and I was told that construction should begin in September. The sales center for 235 van buren should open in September as well.
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Old August 10th, 2007, 02:39 AM   #114
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some site demo going on:

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Old August 10th, 2007, 04:00 AM   #115
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Wow... look at all that water. Anyone know why its there? Dust control?Certainly the water table is much lower than that. Anyone know whats going on? Looking at the sawcut, it looks like they will open up part of the street. Is this really part of the project or is CDOT up to something? They have been doing a handful of street rehab projects in this area.
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Old August 10th, 2007, 04:46 AM   #116
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Wow... look at all that water. Anyone know why its there?
Rainwater - consequence of some of the recent downpours.

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Looking at the sawcut, it looks like they will open up part of the street. Is this really part of the project or is CDOT up to something? They have been doing a handful of street rehab projects in this area.
My guess would be it is part of a systems upgrade for the new development. Just a guess...
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Old August 10th, 2007, 05:10 AM   #117
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Rainwater - consequence of some of the recent downpours.



My guess would be it is part of a systems upgrade for the new development. Just a guess...

It was an open pipe that was gushing water, they were pumping it out of the hole and into the alley. Not sure if it was a accident or what?
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Old August 10th, 2007, 06:42 AM   #118
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I thought maybe it was a big concrete box culvert they opened up but usually those go down the centerline of the road.
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Old August 17th, 2007, 06:00 PM   #119
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235 West Van Buren rendering


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Old August 17th, 2007, 08:03 PM   #120
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They've demo'ed the Chinese restaurant and look to be doing other demo activity on the site.
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