Originally Posted by HomrQT
Not that I disagree with the new proposal, but can anyone tell me why a tall thin tower is better than a shorter, fuller massing?
The original site plan was a giant "L" shaped building built to 15 floors along Grace, the West Lot line, and a portion of Bradley. This would have turned Grace into a ridiculous canyon as Grace is an extremely skinny street and would have had a 15 foot building adjoining a 1 story building on Grace and a 2 story building on Bradley along the West lot line which is hardly respectful to the neighborhood. The new design shifts as much of the massing as possible off the side streets and onto Halsted/Broadway which is a much wider, more commercial, street. This has the added benefit of changing what would have been a wall blocking all downtown views from 828 W Grace and Gill Park into a minor infringement on their view corridors while at the same time making the apartments on the upper floors more lucrative as they will now have full lake views as there is a wall of 15-18 story buildings along the lake that block the lower floor views.
I see this as a win for everyone. The 3-4 floor podium is much more respectful to the existing massing along Bradley and Grace, the developer gets more lucrative units, the NIMBY's get to keep their views, and we get a more handsome, taller, tower added to our skyline.