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I don't think it's really worth debating. The facade should and probably will be saved in some way. I don't think a facadectomy is terrible in this case because the interiors are not worth saving (based on the building's past use), there's already a substantial setback, and this is not a corner building. The buildings on either side are all likely candidates for future development anyway.
Originally Posted by Hayward
This is nice... I think the neighborhood will like this.
Don't bet on it. Remember, Ald. Reilly downzoned this site a couple of years ago because he and the neighborhood NIMBYs thought the density/height and lack of parking were inappropriate.