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Old September 12th, 2010, 12:04 AM   #9661
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Daley the Builder leaves unfinished business
Many major Chicago projects are in midstream and some are in trouble as the mayor prepares to retire

By Blair Kamin, Jon Hilkevitch and Dahleen Glanton, Tribune reporters
September 12, 2010

MAJOR PROJECTS

The Chicago Spire: Along with Chicago's Olympic bid, architect Santiago Calatrava's design for the twisting, 2,000-foot luxury condo tower symbolized Daley's drive to enhance Chicago's presence on the global stage. But construction on the tower, at 400 N. Lake Shore Drive, ground to a halt as the recession tightened its grip in 2008.

Recently, according to a source close to the project, developer Garrett Kelleher held discussions with Calatrava about a two-building project that would stand a better chance of success in the battered real estate market because it would be built in phases.

The project might include a hotel as well as condos, the source said. For economic reasons alone, the towers almost surely will be well short of 2,000 feet.

A Kelleher spokeswoman did not return calls.

"My understanding is that Kelleher is still out there working on financing," the source said..........
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Old September 12th, 2010, 04:14 AM   #9662
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I actually wouldn't mind a scaled down Spire. It had such an absurd slenderness ratio to begin with, that I feel it could be every bit as beautiful at 1,000 feet... and perhaps be more of an addition to the skyline instead of a beacon.
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Old September 13th, 2010, 05:48 PM   #9663
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I'll take 2 shorter buildings in that location over 1 giant unicorn horn...
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Old September 13th, 2010, 06:12 PM   #9664
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Daley the Builder leaves unfinished business
Many major Chicago projects are in midstream — and some are in trouble — as the mayor prepares to retire

By Blair Kamin, Jon Hilkevitch and Dahleen Glanton, Tribune reporters
September 12, 2010

MAJOR PROJECTS

The Chicago Spire: Along with Chicago's Olympic bid, architect Santiago Calatrava's design for the twisting, 2,000-foot luxury condo tower symbolized Daley's drive to enhance Chicago's presence on the global stage. But construction on the tower, at 400 N. Lake Shore Drive, ground to a halt as the recession tightened its grip in 2008.

Recently, according to a source close to the project, developer Garrett Kelleher held discussions with Calatrava about a two-building project that would stand a better chance of success in the battered real estate market because it would be built in phases.

The project might include a hotel as well as condos, the source said. For economic reasons alone, the towers almost surely will be well short of 2,000 feet.

A Kelleher spokeswoman did not return calls.

"My understanding is that Kelleher is still out there working on financing," the source said..........
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Old September 13th, 2010, 07:55 PM   #9665
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If he builds it (the orginal Spire) they will come!
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Old September 13th, 2010, 11:13 PM   #9666
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I think they should use the Spire's plan but reduce the height to 1,100 feet and make it restaurant, condos, hotel, office, parking, and 1-3 levels of of ground floor retail from top to bottom. (all bases covered )
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Old September 14th, 2010, 03:03 AM   #9667
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Even if it takes 20 years, I say get the thing built. I love the Spire and it would be a sad project to waste.
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Old September 14th, 2010, 03:09 AM   #9668
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So why is the Chicago Fordham Spire on hold?!?!?!?!?! Can anybody tell me!?!?!
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Old September 14th, 2010, 04:16 AM   #9669
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Kelleher needs to sell the designs to someone who has a better chance of getting the full tower financed. He can't swing a $1.5 billion project and he needs to stop deluding himself already. He gambled on something far beyond his reach and lost. Tough f**king luck.
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Old September 14th, 2010, 06:23 AM   #9670
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I saw not too long ago that sales at the Trump Tower finally passed the 50% mark. Which is up from 30% sold when it was completed. So maybe the market is finally coming back? Sales were strong at the Spire up until the economy faltered (1/3 pre-sold, including the $40 million penthouse). I'm sure most of the buyers have cancelled by now. But the only one who really knows is Kelleher.

When the dump trucks start filling in the cofferdam with dirt, then you know it's really over.
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Old September 14th, 2010, 10:46 AM   #9671
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It a be 910 feet just kidding. It would have been amazing, to see the twiste start out the ground. I might not be a fan of this building but I don't want to see it die.
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Old September 15th, 2010, 02:19 AM   #9672
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I'm glad it's canceled. The Chicago Spire looked like a giant... you get my drift. It doesn't suit Chicago's skyline at all.
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Old September 15th, 2010, 05:13 AM   #9673
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Hi all.

Great project.
Great design.
One of the projects I decided to watch and collect pics of.
Great coverage because it's in North America - mostly HarryC.
Over 3500 shots of the foundation work from the first bucketfull of dirt moved.

I for one hope this gets going again.

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Old September 15th, 2010, 05:58 AM   #9674
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I'm glad it's canceled. The Chicago Spire looked like a giant... you get my drift. It doesn't suit Chicago's skyline at all.
How does it not suit Chicago's skyline ? Chicago is the home of the skyscraper ... what skyline would it suit ?
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Old September 15th, 2010, 05:58 AM   #9675
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it almost dead project....
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Old September 15th, 2010, 06:36 AM   #9676
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How does it not suit Chicago's skyline ? Chicago is the home of the skyscraper ... what skyline would it suit ?
i didnt think it fit either
ny is the home of the skyscraper
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Old September 15th, 2010, 10:10 AM   #9677
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Is there a chance to redesign the project to a smaller tower, let's say 100m? It would still be a landmark because of it's unusual shape.
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Old September 16th, 2010, 03:54 AM   #9678
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How does it not suit Chicago's skyline ? Chicago is the home of the skyscraper ... what skyline would it suit ?
It would fit Dubai pretty well. The problem for me is that it would have been too close to the lake for such a tall tower. All the skyline renders with it included look worse than the current Chicago skyline.

And something about the tallest building in Chicago being a thin white nature-inspired condo tower for foreign millionaires instead of an economy-boosting brawny office tower doesn't sit well with me either.

Wouldn't mind seeing Waterview get completed though. It's shorter, far enough back from the lakefront and more appropriate to Chicago's architectural heritage than the Spire.
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Chicago already has two thin, white, cylindrical, nature-inspired apartment towers primarily occupied by recent immigrants.
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I think the Spire is too classy and symmetrical-looking for Dubai.
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Old September 16th, 2010, 10:18 PM   #9680
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It just occurred to me: if they decide to build two short Spires they would be they high-end cousin of Marina City
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