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Old November 16th, 2013, 02:29 AM   #9701
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The Spire isnt going to be built. Something significant will be built on this site, but not the Spire.
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Old November 16th, 2013, 02:33 AM   #9702
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I predict two fifty story boxes.
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Old November 16th, 2013, 02:47 AM   #9703
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The foundation work that was done is probably ruined from being exposed to the elements all these years. They'd likely have to restart from scratch.
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Old November 16th, 2013, 02:49 AM   #9704
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I predict two fifty story boxes.
Doubt it. This site is too valuable. It wont be a Spire, buy itll be significant.
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Old November 16th, 2013, 02:51 AM   #9705
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Wow! I'm estatic to see something built on the site. And a megatall? Awesome! And a few more renderings:


























Do I believe this will be built? No. Do I believe (or at least hope) something will be built? Yes. I guess Chicago wants to win back the bragging rights as America's tallest building, right after One World Trade Center was declared 1,776 feet! This is extremely rare for America, so I'll give this project my full support! I think this will end up to have about as many page views as One World Trade Center's thread by the time it's completed!
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Old November 16th, 2013, 02:54 AM   #9706
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I used to love the Chicago Spire website. The (representational) views were astounding. The triplex penthouse looked down on the Willis Tower roof. Amazing.
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Old November 16th, 2013, 03:18 AM   #9707
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Doubt it. This site is too valuable. It wont be a Spire, buy itll be significant.
Land in Chicago is not that expensive. Look at the lame box that Related is building on the river.

In any event, hopefully something nice will rise here.

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Old November 16th, 2013, 03:24 AM   #9708
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for me that is the most beautiful design in the world....the Tower in Shanghai goes a Little bit in that direction, but the Chicago spire is indeed much more spectacular...unfortunately it will never be built...very sad.
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Old November 16th, 2013, 03:26 AM   #9709
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Whatever is built there, there is now motivation to make it significant b/c of the ruling that the Willis Tower has been deemed the 2nd tallest building in the U.S. Just make it tall enough so that N.Y. can't top it for a while
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Old November 16th, 2013, 03:54 AM   #9710
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Great news !!!!
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Old November 16th, 2013, 04:03 AM   #9711
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Land in Chicago is not that expensive. Look at the lame box that Related is building on the river.

In any event, hopefully something nice will rise here.
It is true that land there is cheap. This is a prized lakefront property though, so I dont see how any developer could refuse to build something significant. It wont be 2000 ft, but I dont think a 250-300m building is out of the question.
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Old November 16th, 2013, 04:13 AM   #9712
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Whatever is built there, there is now motivation to make it significant b/c of the ruling that the Willis Tower has been deemed the 2nd tallest building in the U.S. Just make it tall enough so that N.Y. can't top it for a while
I would LOVE a competition between Chicago and NY to make the tallest building, and I would ESPECIALLY love it if this was built with the same design and height! That would motivate New York to change its height limit (which I'm not sure is possible, but I want to see people try). But according to a news article I read experts don't expect 1 WTC to be surpassed in 100 YEARS. And according to me, well:

Here is a list of the tallest buildings in America over the years:
Singer Building (demolished for Liberty Plaza):621 feet
Metropolitan Life Tower: 700 feet
Woolworth:791 feet
Trump Building:928 feet
Chrysler:1050 feet
Empire SB: 1250 feet
North Tower (world trade center):1368 feet
Willis Tower: 1450 feet

Future:
One World Trade Center (new): 1776 feet
Chicago Spire(?):2000 feet

Considering that if took roughly 41 years to have another America's tallest building (which will surprisingly overtake the Empire State's record of 40-41 years), in another 40 years we will have a building like the Chicago Spire. But I'm not an expert, so let's just assume that you won't ever live to see a new tallest after One WTC (unless this is built at 1777 feet or higher).
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Old November 16th, 2013, 04:24 AM   #9713
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I'm kinda glad they're thinking of restarting this project. USA will finally get a skyscraper that will reach 2000ft without a spire.
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Old November 16th, 2013, 05:02 AM   #9714
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I'm not sure how likely this is but that is freaking amazing!


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Old November 16th, 2013, 05:21 AM   #9715
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I predict two fifty story boxes.
IMO, something like this is more likely to be built than the original Spire. Here's a design that popped up last month in an Urban Land Institute Magazine article about Chicago development.

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Old November 16th, 2013, 05:37 AM   #9716
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If there is enough room and the views are clear for two smaller towers, what was the point of a 600m tower in the first place? Are they trying to burn money?
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Old November 16th, 2013, 06:27 AM   #9717
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I am very skeptical, but hopefully I am proven wrong. If so, I'll throw a party at my place for all of us to celebrate!
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Old November 16th, 2013, 09:45 AM   #9718
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The design really doesn't fit well in the Chicago's skyline, but...wait.... is there anyone that can resist 610 meters ? I guess no.
Definitely not, 610m are 610m
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Old November 16th, 2013, 12:39 PM   #9719
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Well, I don't have the knowledge to assess the probability of this getting built but I just hope that no bland 1 000 footers will be built on that site. Such buildings would have zero contribution to the skyline and would be a waste of precious space in my opinion.

Though it is a positive thing that the foundations are already made (even though they might require some repairs after all this waiting) so I guess it is easier to build the Spire than to start from scratch with another building. On the other hand, financing is the main problem and I truly haven't got a clue how optimistic or how pesimistic the chances of securing it are
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Old November 16th, 2013, 02:44 PM   #9720
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I LOVE THE Chicago SPIRE!!!
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