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https://chicago.curbed.com/2017/10/11/16458982/west-loop-development-equinox-hotel-high-rise

Equinox hotel to rise 58 stories above Chicago’s West Loop
The proposed high-rise would top out at 680 feet

BY JAY KOZIARZ OCT 11, 2017, 12:22PM CDT

The plan to bring a combination residential/hotel development marketed under the Equinox Fitness Club brand to Chicago’s West Loop is finally coming into clearer focus. Reported originally in 2015 to be a 369-foot tower featuring 145 hotel rooms topped by 20 for-sale condominiums, the project at 725 W. Randolph has since grown considerably larger. According to zoning documents filed with the Chicago City Clerk, the latest plan now calls for a 680-foot skyscraper containing 165 hotel rooms and 370 residential units.

The project comes from Chicago-based developer Related Midwest who is in effect doubling down on the area after also submitting an application for a 51-story residential tower at Randolph and Peoria with partner Tucker Development. Equinox had announced plans to open as many as 75 fitness-oriented hotels around the world including a location at the Related Companies’ Hudson Yards megaproject in New York. Related acquired Equinox Fitness Clubs in 2006.

Contrary to earlier reports tapping New York-based Handel Architects to oversee the design, the 58-story Chicago tower comes from Perkins Eastman Architects and Roger Ferris + Partners. The plan also calls for an on-site fitness club, prominent exterior signage, and parking for 150 vehicles accessible via Court Place.

 

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Demolition Permits Issued For 725 W Randolph Site In Fulton Market
Demolition permits have been issued for a two-story masonry building situated at 720 W Washington Street in West Loop‘s Fulton Market District. The building occupies a portion of a larger development site that is owned by Related Midwest.

Most recently published plans came with an approved zoning ordinance to convert two adjacent parcels within the site to a single planned development under the number 1230. These plans convey a potential 250,000-square-foot structure consisting of two towers connected by a single podium.

The taller northern tower would rise 49 stories and 550 feet, while the shorter south tower at 720 W Washington Street would rise 15 stories and 250 feet. The former would house 370 residential units and 240 hotel rooms, while the latter would be designated offices. The podium would offer additional office space, ground-level retail, a restaurant, and fitness spaces. Underneath the structure would be a 50-space parking garage.

While it is unclear if any adjustments to the aforementioned plans will be made, any new structure of a similar scope would add to two perpendicular canyons emerging west of the river: one is the Randolph Street corridor rising east to west through West Loop/Fulton market, the other being the stretch of Kennedy Expressway dividing West Loop and West Loop Gate.

McDonagh Demolition is serving as the wrecking contractor for the existing building. No other permits have been filed or issued, and it remains unclear when Related Midwest will begin construction.












 

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Unfortunately this one received a height reduction as well down to 550'. The original 680' would have absolutely soared in this location.
It'll still tower over Skybridge, and be slightly taller than that oval building (I never did get its name...)
 
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