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Old June 21st, 2008, 07:02 AM   #41
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Those renderings look really good!
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Old June 21st, 2008, 07:45 AM   #42
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Amazing news! Chicago is doing really well right now! the building looks great
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Old June 21st, 2008, 07:54 AM   #43
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Old June 21st, 2008, 01:15 PM   #44
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Nice. a bit blurry though.
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Old September 17th, 2008, 06:35 PM   #45
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http://www.suntimes.com/business/roe...eder17.article

September 17, 2008

BY DAVID ROEDER [email protected]

STILL BUILDING: Despite the wild times on Wall Street, Hines Interests LP reports it has firm financing to start its River Bend office, at the northeast corner of Lake and Canal by year-end. A source said financing is from Bank of America and J.P. Morgan, two of the strongest names amid the current turmoil. Hines benefits by having two-thirds of the building committed to creditworthy tenants William Blair & Co. LLC and Baker & McKenzie
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Old September 18th, 2008, 09:25 AM   #46
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good news! Indeed there is no reason why not to finance and build this tower.
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Old September 28th, 2008, 10:01 PM   #47
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New park planned at Lake Street and river

1.5-acre green space will compliment office/hotel project

The City Council today approved a plan to create a new downtown park along the west bank of the Chicago River at Lake Street as part of the development of an office tower and hotel.

"The new Riverpoint Park will provide open space at a unique location along the confluence of the branches of the Chicago River, and will afford recreational opportunities for future generations of Chicagoans to enjoy," said Mayor Richard M. Daley. "This is a great opportunity to further the goals of the Chicago River and Central Area Plans by adding more park space in the heart of downtown."

The 1.5-acre Riverpoint Park will be constructed on an elevated deck over the Amtrak railroad tracks and service road, just north of Lake Street. The deck will be the foundation of the public plaza and park area, and will be improved with landscaping, walkways and an observation platform overlooking the Chicago River.

The developer, L&M Riverbend, a joint venture between the Lawrence Levy family and Hines Interests, will dedicate a public easement over the property to the City of Chicago to secure the public’s rights for the land in perpetuity. L&M will also be responsible for the daily and long-term maintenance of the park.

As part of the project, L&M will build a 51-story office tower and 20-story hotel tower on the property immediately west of the park on the northeast corner of Lake and Canal Street. The anchor tenant for the office tower is the William Blair Company.

According to the plan, the developer will be reimbursed up to $30 million from the LaSalle Central Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District for park improvement costs, primarily for the deck construction, but also including the relocation of a historic rail switching station currently located on the site. The total project costs for the park is $64 million, the remainder to be financed by the developer.

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Old September 28th, 2008, 11:28 PM   #48
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i love this building . should have been taller.
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Old November 10th, 2008, 07:33 PM   #49
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Private-equity firm leases floor at proposed tower

By Thomas A. Corfman, Oct. 29, 2008

(Crain’s) — A private-equity firm backed by the family that owns S. C. Johnson & Sons Co. has leased the top floor of a proposed riverfront skyscraper.
The deal for 24,200 square feet makes the 1.1-million-square-foot tower at 444 W. Lake St. about 60% leased, as developer Hines Interests L.P. moves closer to arranging construction financing for the roughly $540-million project, which is scheduled to be completed by August 2011.
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Old March 18th, 2009, 08:18 PM   #50
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Hines, Blair kill deal for proposed tower

By Thomas A. Corfman, March 18, 2009

(Crain’s) — William Blair & Co. won’t be moving to a proposed riverfront office tower.

Developer Hines Interests L.P. said Wednesday it worked out a “mutual termination” of Blair’s lease to anchor a skyscraper proposed for a site along the Chicago River, forcing the real estate firm to push back construction and consider cutting the size of the 1.1-million-square-foot tower.

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Old March 18th, 2009, 08:39 PM   #51
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farking shite that sucks.
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Old April 6th, 2009, 07:23 PM   #52
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Simple but extremely elegant in such a nice curve ! Reminds me Mexico City´s 55-story office Torre Mayor...
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Old April 9th, 2009, 01:32 PM   #53
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good to hear the thing is continuing, afterall i have a feeling the market is on its way back up, i think it bottomed out already
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Old April 30th, 2009, 04:44 PM   #54
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What the frak??

Well, I suppose we could've seen this coming, but I'd be really curious as to what was going on over at William Blair. I'm guessing they looked at the economy and saw cheaper rents elsewhere.

I hope this gets built, even if they don't raise the height. It's a damn cool building, all the more so for being across the river from 333 w. wacker drive! Somebody thought through what they were doing on this one.
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Old June 27th, 2009, 07:53 PM   #55
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Awesome. Looks like Chicago is gaining on New York when it comes to skyline.
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Old April 24th, 2010, 06:08 AM   #56
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Awesome. Looks like Chicago is gaining on New York when it comes to skyline.
I dont think so bud. new york is years ahead. maybe chicago has a higher percent growth...that i could agree with
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Old July 15th, 2011, 07:03 PM   #57
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Developers court large companies to anchor new office buildings
Goal is to resurrect West Loop projects that fell victim to credit crisis


By Alejandra Cancino, Tribune reporter
July 15, 2011

Developers are dusting off office building models and brochures with an eye toward finding the right tenants to resurrect West Loop projects that were put on hold two years ago amid the credit crisis...

...A case in point is Hines Interests LP's project at 444 W. Lake St., also known as River Point. In 2008, Hines pre-leased about two-thirds of the 52-story building to investment firm William Blair & Co. and law firm Baker & McKenzie. Both deals fell through when Hines couldn't obtain financing, and the proposed 1.1 million-square-foot building was put on hold...

Now, as the economy recovers in fits and starts, a version of the project seems to have a second chance.

Van Schaack said it could be pared to 40 stories. Scaling back would make it easier to meet the pre-leasing threshold to secure financing...

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Is this going to happen or has it stopped?
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Old April 26th, 2012, 11:31 PM   #59
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Funny you should ask. Spyguy posted these new renderings at SSP. Looks like it may have a second-lease on life.

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@ I Am Hydrogen, Please tell me this is getting built! I absolutely love this building, it would add so much to Chicago's riverfront.
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