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The owner of the Essex Inn has jumped into the South Michigan Avenue development fray, revealing plans for a 48-story apartment tower next to the hotel.

A venture led by Oxford Capital Group, a Chicago-based hotel developer that bought the Essex last year, submitted plans with the city yesterday for a high-rise with 388 units just south of the hotel at 800 S. Michigan Ave.
 

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This is on the block just to the north of the recently proposed Helmut Jahn supertall. Thats 4 major proposals within 5 blocks of each other in just 3 days :)

In the last two months or so thereve been about 3-4000 units announced for just the South Loop alone. Exciting time for Chi-Town.
 

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The development of this new tower means that the guests of the Essex Inn are going ot be left without a pool, and some parking also? Should a new pool for the Essex Inn be incorporated within this new residential tower.
 

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So, there were a few interesting things about th Essex mentioned at the CAF lecture.

Again, it was landmarks and the city who caused the design change.

I find it almost hilarious even though it's sad and pathetic that officials in the city renowned for its architecture help with the dumbing down of designs because of fear that the new towers would overshadow and or be too out of scale.

With the removal of the X-bracing, the amount of concrete needed would go up by about 25% according to the architect. I believe he said it was roughly a $10,000,000 cost.

The verticals we see on the north and south facades are actually structural buttresses that thin out (from 5' at the base and then 3', 2', 1' and they disappear at the top) as the tower rises and they will be clad with metal.



I'm sure you remember hearing that when the Wabash/Madison stop was disassembled, some of those facade pieces were saved. Well guess who has them... the developer, and it seems like they want to install/encase these pieces within the winter garden area.




And demo pics from 02/10/17




Oh...! BTW, we may have to bump this back to 620'. The architect said this number several times and when I mentioned I'd seen 607', he said with all the screening it's 620'. Hopefully I'll see more drawings in the future.
 

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Demolition Underway for 800 South Michigan in Downtown Chicago
Demolition work has begun at the future site of 800 South Michigan, with the clearance of the former parking garage located adjacent to the historic Essex Inn making way for the construction of the Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture-designed, Oxford Capital Group-built, 55-storey hotel and residence tower that will soon occupy the site. Located along a prime strip of Chicago's iconic Michigan Avenue, the 290-room, 476-unit 800 South Michigan will encompass a small collection of properties, including the aforementioned 1960s-era hotel and parking garage, over which it will rise with the aide of an elegant system of diagonal support beams that will allow the modern and heritage elements to exist in harmony.
 
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