Originally Posted by VivaLFuego
Should have been almost twice as dense. The final FAR of the project is a pathetic 2.2, half of what it should have been under the R6 zoning which allows 4.4 but for the community blowing a gasket at the thought of a lakefront highrise in their neighborhood of lakefront highrises.
At the same time I can appreciate the lowrises. At least those side streets will get some sunlight. Just because higher FAR's are allowed doesn't mean it has to be. If anything, this tower should have been taller, but the back of the site remain low.
One of things I love about Chicago over Manhattan is that I can live downtown in a sea of highrises, but I've got a little breathing room because there are two-five story buildings behind my highrise. More of a sweeping view, and a more interesting neighborhood at the same time.