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Old April 18th, 2007, 03:28 AM   #961
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Old April 18th, 2007, 03:48 AM   #962
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Is that small bridge already there or is that part of the entire site plan?
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Old April 18th, 2007, 03:53 AM   #963
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Is that small bridge already there or is that part of the entire site plan?
It's part of the plan and was designed by Calatrava.
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Old April 19th, 2007, 05:33 AM   #964
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Good luck tomorrow for Mr Keller , MR Callatrava and the city of Chicago. I hope we can all celebrate this masterpiece.
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Old April 19th, 2007, 10:55 PM   #965
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Does any one know what time the hearing is supposed to be held. The suspense is killing me
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Old April 19th, 2007, 11:44 PM   #966
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Newer renderings









New website: www.chicagospire.com
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Old April 19th, 2007, 11:48 PM   #967
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nice render pictures...the tower looks fantastic....we all love Chicago..the city where the sky has no limit...
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Old April 20th, 2007, 12:12 AM   #968
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I Like it alot, but

acutally it is just a bit too tall. It is not a zoning or density issue, just that instead of complimenting the existing skyline (which has a unique trademark or identity), the building dominates just a tad bit much.

My opinion, I liken it to New York, while the Twin Towers eventually provided the trademark for the skyline, architecturally, now that they are not there, the NY skyline is bland from just those buildings missing - an example of how much they dominated.

One good thing about the Spire is that it blocks the unimaginative blob that is Trump Tower. Underwelming massive size does not matter
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Old April 20th, 2007, 12:12 AM   #969
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Does any one know what time the hearing is supposed to be held. The suspense is killing me

It started at 1:30... not sure when they close up shop.
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Old April 20th, 2007, 12:23 AM   #970
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isnt today the day we found out if it will get approved ?
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Old April 20th, 2007, 12:43 AM   #971
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isnt today the day we found out if it will get approved ?
Yes. It is almost certain that it will be approved. We should know in a couple of hours.
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Old April 20th, 2007, 12:47 AM   #972
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Needs a spire badly..
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Old April 20th, 2007, 01:08 AM   #973
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Any word yet?
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Old April 20th, 2007, 01:17 AM   #974
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City approves plan for spire-shaped tower, North America's tallest

By Susan Diesenhouse
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Published April 19, 2007, 5:01 PM CDT

http://www.chicagotribune.com/busine...,7410057.story

What would be North America's tallest tower took another step toward becoming a 2,000-foot-high reality Thursday when the Chicago Plan Commission recommended that the spire's current design by famed architectect Santiago Calatrava be approved by the city zoning committee.

Garrett Kelleher, chief executive of developer Shelbourne Development Ltd. of Dublin, said the tower will be "a unique building in a happening city." Regarding questions about the project's financial feasibility, Kelleher said managers of the Anglo Irish Bank of Dublin "fully support me and I have shown their letter to the City of Chicago."

Shelbourne had requested that the amount of space to be built on the 2.2-acre lakefront site be increased from 10 times the lot size to 25 times. It also asked for permission to build exit and entry ramps linked to Lake Shore Drive.

With this approval in hand, the city zoning committee is scheduled to vote on the twisting 150-story tower's design and site plan on Thursday. Once over that hurdle, the project will then go before the full city council on May 9 for the final go-ahead. Prospects for that are good.

"This is a wonderful project, and everyone is very enthused," said Constance Buscemi, spokeswoman for the city planning department. If the spire gets a green light from the city, the 40 months of construction will get under way this spring, said Thomas Murphy, general counsel to Shelbourne, though he added that the developer has not yet hired a general contractor.

Murphy and Garrett Kelleher, Shelbourne's chief executive, have declined to estimate the total development cost of the tower, which is planned to have 1,300 luxury condominiums, retail, underground parking and other amenities. Kelleher has said that Shelbourne plans to start selling the residences during the third quarter.

In this country, it's unusual for such a large project to be built on speculation, before buyers agree to purchase any units. Such an approach is more common in Europe, where Kelleher has been working, Murphy said.

Jumping into an untested market could multiply the challenges of what is likely to be a complicated project to build.

Real estate experts have estimated the cost at $1.5 billion to $2 billion, or more. Shelbourne hopes to sell the units for more than $1,000 a square foot, Murphy has said.

At a time of rising construction costs, building such a tall structure is very expensive because the higher it soars, the more complicated the engineering. Sometimes, towers of 50 stories or more yield only about 73 percent of sellable space, compared with about 85 percent for a smaller building. Murphy expects the spire to yield 65 percent to 70 percent sellable space.

Also complicating the complexity and cost of the project would be excavating to build underground parking so close to the water. To dig below the water level while keeping the site dry, Shelbourne will use a process called slurry wall construction that calls for great skill and time, both costly commodities.

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Old April 20th, 2007, 01:18 AM   #975
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Spire gets approved

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/cgi-bin/news.pl?id=24653

And more importantly, since approval was never a serious issue in my mind, the developer claims cosntruction will start THIS spring...we will have to see.
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Old April 20th, 2007, 01:27 AM   #976
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Just needs the rubber stamp from the full city council. When's THAT going to happen?
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Old April 20th, 2007, 01:39 AM   #977
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One more hurdle cleared!
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/l...l=chi-news-hed
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Old April 20th, 2007, 02:27 AM   #978
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Old April 20th, 2007, 02:35 AM   #979
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Old April 20th, 2007, 02:45 AM   #980
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It will also be a LEED Gold building.
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