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If it had only replaced a parking lot, it would have been perfect. But alas, such was not the case and so the project is forever tarnished in my mind
Yeah, I can't really look at it. So many vacant or underused parcels around, so the guy tears down a great old timber loft and puts up... a building that's pretty much the same size. I was on the BCO zoning committee at the time and we scoffed that someone would do that, but he did.

The loft, during demolition:
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I was looking at MCM's website and they have several properties next to the Northwest Tower up for sale. Jibba/paytonc/anyone know if they've given up on the garage idea or what the current plans are?

1616 N Milwaukee Avenue
Hollander Storage - 5 story brick and concrete floor building. 26,370 sf plus full basement. 50 feet of frontage on Milwaukee Ave. Large functional commercial elevator. Close to 16 ft ceiling height on first floor and 11ft. on floors 2-5. Great bussiness opportunity.

1622 N Milwaukee Avenue
Great opportunity to own this one-story, masonry building with full basement on bustling Milwuakee Avenue at North Avenue intersection. Bars, restaurants and shops surround this Hot Bucktown / Wicker Park spot. Must be sold with or after sale of neighboring 1616 N Milwaukee Avenue.

1630 N Milwaukee Avenue
The best location! Approximately 15,000 sqft. Three story commercial/theater/banquet hall building. First floor partitioned into an office space and a gallery. Washroom on each level. Full basement. Great potential!
 

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1616, 1622, and the lot next door were the proposed sites for the parking garage. ALL of the buildings have been listed for sale on their site as long as I can remember, which is partly why everyone doubts their commitment to the whole shebang. Please, credit crunch, work your magic and kibosh these awful projects...
 

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Bloomingdale Trail design firm selected

The City of Chicago has selected ARUP North America Ltd. to begin preliminary design and engineering work on the Bloomingdale Trail, a project to convert an unused elevated rail line to a 2.7-mile multi-use path.

ARUP was one of 23 firms that responded to a request for proposals seeking qualified firms for the work. The City selected five teams for interviews about their vision and qualifications for the Trail project. The five teams each included strong interdisciplinary experience (design, architecture, planning), experience with other projects of similar magnitude, and success in incorporating community input into creative and sustainable design.

ARUP was chosen following team interviews, reference checks, and extensive deliberation by a committee comprising several city departments and agencies including the Department of Zoning and Planning, Department of Cultural Affairs and the Chicago Park District. The team showed outstanding strengths in all of the criteria.

ARUP is a global firm with expertise in the design, engineering and construction disciplines. Among its projects are engineering the “Water Cube” aquatics center for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, the world's largest highly sustainable public space.

The ARUP team features nine sub-consultants, including:

• Chicago-based Ross Barney Architects, which has worked on several Chicago projects including Wacker Drive and the Chicago Riverwalk

• Brooklyn-based Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, which worked on New York City’s High Line, similar in concept to the Bloomingdale Trail

• Chicago-based Burns & McDonnell engineers, which has worked on many large Chicago infrastructure projects.

"We are looking forward to working with ARUP to turn part of Chicago's industrial heritage into a green oasis,” said Beth White, Chicago Area Director, The Trust for Public Land. “We applaud the city for its commitment to this visionary project and we are proud to be a partner in such an inclusive planning process that also calls for the highest standards for design and innovation."

The project entails extensive civic and community involvement from the Trust for Public Land, the Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail and other entities. As part of the design process, Trust for Public Land will host a future public design charrette process in conjunction with CDOT.

The Bloomingdale Trail will run from Ashland to Ridgeway using the elevated rail embankment along Bloomingdale Avenue (1800 North). The project was recommended in the Logan Square Open Space Plan produced by the Dept. of Planning and Development (today known as the Dept. of Zoning and Planning). p>

Chicago has approximately $3 million in federal and local funding for project design. CDOT is still working to identify construction funding for the project.
 

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http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/religion/1766000,st-boniface-church-saved-091209.article#

New plan would save St. Boniface towers
September 12, 2009


An agreement has been reached to save historic St. Boniface -- or, at least, significant parts of the vacant West Town church -- from the wrecking ball, officials said Friday.

Under the deal, four signature church towers would be saved, and the building would be converted into a "senior living" complex.

..."The entire front of the church with the two towers looking toward [a park], that sort of front-entrance look will remain in tact as well the two towers that flank that -- so four towers total," McHugh said.
 

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This is good news about St. Boniface. It would be nice to save the interior of the church, but it just doesn't seem possible.

Preservation Chicago, the citizens' group, has been fighting for years to save St. Boniface. That group, working with dedicated neighborhood residents, Alderman Burnett and city officials, has ensured that we at least will have the exterior of the church saved.
 

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The latest plans for the Wicker Park Collection, 1372 N. Milwaukee, will replace the Walgreens and its parking lot for a 30,000 sf retail building with parking. The plans are in this pdf document below:
Looks like this one is dead.

http://www.chicagorealestatedaily.com/cgi-bin/news.pl?id=35454

Developer bails on Wicker Park retail project
By Thomas A. Corfman, Sep. 14, 2009


A developer has bailed out of a proposed retail development in Wicker Park, a once hot neighborhood that is cooling amid the slump in demand for space by trendy merchants.

A venture led by Evan Oliff has sold a site at 1372 N. Milwaukee Ave., for $7.7 million, about 28% more than the loan on the property, according to documents filed with the Cook County Recorder’s office. As a result, Mr. Oliff, president of Chicago-based Preferred Development Inc., has dropped a plan to build 30,000 square feet of street-level retail space with an 87-car parking deck on the second floor.

But the developer didn’t have to go far to find a buyer. Drug store chain Walgreen Co., a tenant in the existing building, bought the property, records show.
 

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Hairpin Lofts

October Landmarks Commission

2800 N. Milwaukee 35th Ward
(Milwaukee-Diversey-Kimball Avenue District)
Proposed conversion of a 6-story masonry commercial building to include
ground-floor retail, a 2nd-floor community arts center, and 28 upper-floor
affordable residential units. The project includes new ground-floor
storefronts and other exterior alterations; refacing existing signage; and
additions of a 7-story masonry stair tower, a 2-story masonry retail addition
along Milwaukee Avenue, and a 1-story masonry retail addition along
Diversey Avenue

Previous rendering:
 

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CDC approves redevelopment of Logan Square tower
Morris B. Sachs Building proposed for conversion into Hairpin Lofts and Logan Square Community Arts Center


The Chicago Community Development Commission (CDC) today recommended the designation of a developer that will spur the redevelopment of the landmark Morris B. Sachs Building into the Hairpin Lofts and Logan Square Community Arts Center, a project that combines affordable housing, historic preservation, environmental sustainability, transit-oriented development, and the creation of a community arts center.

Located at 2800-12 N. Milwaukee Ave and 3416 W. Diversey Ave., at the famed Six Corners intersection of Diversey, Milwaukee and Kimball Avenues, Hairpin Lofts and the Logan Square Community Arts Center will bring 28 new residential loft units, 25 of which will be affordable to households earning at or below 30% to 60% of the area median income, or $22,600 to $45,240 for a family of four. The second floor will be home to the new, 7,000 square foot Logan Square Community Arts Center and an outdoor patio deck. The first floor will contain four market-rate retail units totaling over 8,500 square feet. The 6,000 square feet of amenities will contain a laundry room, community room, and bike storage/maintenance room.

The CDC today recommended that the City Council approve Brinshore Development as the successful respondent to the City’s RFP for the purchase and redevelopment of the two buildings on the site. The landmark six-story Sachs Building was built in 1930, has one ground-floor tenant, Payless Shoe Store, but the rest of the building has been vacant for 20 years. The adjacent two-story building is vacant and is will be redeveloped to make way for the project. A portion of the second building will be demolished.

“We believe this is the type of project that is ideal for the use of TIF dollars, as it uses increment produced in the community to bring real value back to the community,” says Acting Department of Community Development Commissioner Christine Raguso. “The combination of creating affordable housing in a landmark building near the CTA Logan Square and Belmont Blue Line stations, as well as a community arts center, will benefit the community for years to come.”

The CDC recommended sale of the land for $1, a write-down of $3,999,999, and TIF assistance of $7,151,770 from the Fullerton / Milwaukee TIF. This assistance is needed to off-set the costs of developing a housing project in which 90% of the units will be affordable and also help cover the cost of rehabilitating a landmark building to the LEED Silver level. The project will produce 150-200 temporary construction jobs and 30 permanent jobs. The development will also create property taxes as well as sales taxes created by the new retail in the development.
 
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