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Old Posted Sep 27, 2017, 9:21 PM
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I really can't imagine a more perfect fit for Amazon. This is made for them.
Literally, when considering the history of the building. The Sears mail catalog is what spurred its construction to begin with. Amazon would bring everything around full circle, since they are the digital hiers to the Sears and Wards of yesteryear.
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They've added a short video to the website - http://www.thepostofficechi.com
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I love this quote from the Tribune article. Makes me think that developers read this forum frequently:
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New York-based 601W plans to pursue “HQ2,” and might even consider combining forces with another nearby redevelopment, at Union Station, to land the deal, Whiting said.
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They've added a short video to the website - http://www.thepostofficechi.com
Excellent vid. So glad we get to keep this gem in the city instead of it being demolished like so many other great buildings.
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I love this quote from the Tribune article. Makes me think that developers read this forum frequently:
It probably has more to do with Amtrak owning Union Station, and the Post Office sits above Amtrak tracks so there's already a certain level of familiarity between the two.
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Quite a lot of activities available on the rooftop
The one thing I don't particularly like about this location is this side of the building. It's not at all inviting as a pedestrian. Concrete & ashphalt everywhere, no trees, a noisy highway, etc. I was in Seattle earlier this month and walked around Amazon's campus there, including the three new highrises and biospheres that have been constructed. From a biking & pedestrian perspective, Amazon has done a fantastic job making the new neighborhood feel fresh and inviting. I wish it was possible for the freeway to be below grade around Jefferson and rise up to its current level at some point underneath the Post Office to continue at its current level across the river. It could be capped above, with both the Clinton & Canal streetscapes modified to improve the pedestrian experience in that area. Of course that's probably quite difficult given the blue line subway that's already there and any potential Clinton subway in the future. And perhaps the decline/incline to achieve a below grade highway over a few blocks is simply too much. I just wish the west side of the building had a higher quality pedestrian experience to better match what Amazon seems to prefer given how much attention they gave to pedestrians & cyclists when designing their Seattle campus. It seems to be something that was important to them there, so I would think it would behoove backers of Amazon locating at the Post Office to do something creative to allow for a quality pedestrian experience here as well.

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I'm pretty confidant the city would agree to basically any streetscape improvements Amazon requested here short of burying the highway.
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The one thing I don't particularly like about this location is this side of the building. It's not at all inviting as a pedestrian. Concrete & ashphalt everywhere, no trees, a noisy highway, etc. I was in Seattle earlier this month and walked around Amazon's campus there, including the three new highrises and biospheres that have been constructed. From a biking & pedestrian perspective, Amazon has done a fantastic job making the new neighborhood feel fresh and inviting. I wish it was possible for the freeway to be below grade around Jefferson and rise up to its current level at some point underneath the Post Office to continue at its current level across the river. It could be capped above, with both the Clinton & Canal streetscapes modified to improve the pedestrian experience in that area. Of course that's probably quite difficult given the blue line subway that's already there and any potential Clinton subway in the future. And perhaps the decline/incline to achieve a below grade highway over a few blocks is simply too much. I just wish the west side of the building had a higher quality pedestrian experience to better match what Amazon seems to prefer given how much attention they gave to pedestrians & cyclists when designing their Seattle campus. It seems to be something that was important to them there, so I would think it would behoove backers of Amazon locating at the Post Office to do something creative to allow for a quality pedestrian experience here as well.
I'm sure 601W plans on doing something on that side to improve the pedestrian experience with or without Amazon. It just hasn't been shown in any renders yet because the immediate focus has been elsewhere.
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I'm pretty confidant the city would agree to basically any streetscape improvements Amazon requested here short of burying the highway.
They could easily put up big, curved, architectural barriers to either side of the expressway starting at Jefferson, and do the same underneath the overpasses. That would go a long way toward making the expressway "disappear" from the surrounding neighborhood from a pedestrian perspective.
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No need to bury the highway, simply have it end immediately at the Circle and extend Congress Parkway west.

It would still need to bridge over Desplaines as it currently does, but after that you can have traffic light-controlled intersections at Jefferson, Clinton and Canal. Canal can be brought to grade, and the extra space between the street at the existing grade level portion along the OPO can be turned into a wide, landscaped walkway.

Assuming the elevated portion of 290 between the Circle and the river is as old as the interchange that is currently being replaced, it would be pushing about 50 years and in need of replacement soon anyway.
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They could easily put up big, curved, architectural barriers to either side of the expressway starting at Jefferson, and do the same underneath the overpasses. That would go a long way toward making the expressway "disappear" from the surrounding neighborhood from a pedestrian perspective.
I've always thought they should just build a sweeping set of stairs on each side of the highway with ramps built in like the section of the riverwalk on each side of the highway. Bring the entire side of the Post Office up to grade with retail on top. Would add serious value to that first floor space.
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No need to bury the highway, simply have it end immediately at the Circle and extend Congress Parkway west.

It would still need to bridge over Desplaines as it currently does, but after that you can have traffic light-controlled intersections at Jefferson, Clinton and Canal. Canal can be brought to grade, and the extra space between the street at the existing grade level portion along the OPO can be turned into a wide, landscaped walkway.

Assuming the elevated portion of 290 between the Circle and the river is as old as the interchange that is currently being replaced, it would be pushing about 50 years and in need of replacement soon anyway.
I agree with this 100%. Just remove the Congress/Canal grade separation and return it to being a normal street like it was when the post office was built in the first place. A normal intersection on either side of the building and regular streets all around would make a world of difference in terms of usability.


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Even on the east side of the building there used to be reasonable street access. Not dark abandoned alleys to nowhere and a random patchwork of concrete leftovers from the past.

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I really can't imagine a more perfect fit for Amazon. This is made for them.
Yeah, looking through that gallery at the link, looks like an ideal mega tech office.
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Old Posted Oct 2, 2017, 10:17 PM
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While this site is great for Amazon, I honestly would rather they go somewhere else, and spur development in another part of the city. I doubt this site is going to have trouble attracting clients.
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http://www.chicagotribune.com/busine...005-story.html

Column: With or without Amazon, old post office site is ready for its comeback




Robert ReedContact Reporter
Chicago Tribune

The former old main post office, among Chicago’s most long-awaited and significant downtown redevelopment projects, doesn’t need Amazon’s stamp of approval.
But getting it would sure be nice.
While undergoing a $600 million rehab, the massive art deco complex and adjacent area is expected to be on the list of sites Chicago’s City Hall presents to Amazon, which is scouring the nation in search of a home for its second headquarters.
Yet with or without Amazon, the old post office’s rebirth promises to be one of the most economically vital and far-reaching development projects to emerge from the city’s current downtown building boom.

Spruced up and pushed to its commercial potential, the site would finally shake off its dreary image as an empty, foreboding behemoth along the river ...

windows allow more natural light into the building’s core.
The post office site meets a couple of Amazon’s top requirements.
It’s in a centralized location with close proximity to train and other mass transit options. What’s more, with 2.5 million square feet and the possibility to build on adjacent property, the post office can immediately provide the wide, open work spaces that Amazon craves.

Still, even this building behemoth may not satisfy the Seattle-based ...


Not holding their breath for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ call, the development’s backers are scoping out other tenant prospects.
The list includes: banks, call centers, software developers, technology firms, insurance companies and corporations seeking to band together multiple area offices into one location.

Any company that opts to move ers.into the post office development should have a little pioneering spirit.
The sheer size and scope of the project means there will be construction underway on-site after a major tenant moves in.
“It’s the ultimate urban loft experience,” the planning council’s Ellis says.
Nonetheless, the post office is the largest redevelopment in the country and promises to become a money generator for the surrounding community.

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Old Posted Oct 6, 2017, 4:38 PM
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Chicago awards old Post Office preliminary landmark status, property tax incentive [Curbed]

"Known as a Class L incentive, the measure reduces tax assessments for landmarked buildings over a 12-year period with the caveat that the owner must invest at least half of the value of the property into an approved rehabilitation project. In the case of the old Chicago Post Office, taxes will be lowered a combined $53.2 million over the dozen-year life of the incentive.

Once that period expires, the renovated building is expected to create $19 million in additional annual tax revenue—quickly offsetting the initial discount."
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Old Posted Oct 9, 2017, 3:35 PM
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The OPO is the location to beat for Amazon. If not them, I'm sure some other techies will gladly take it over.
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Old Posted Dec 19, 2017, 9:58 PM
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Developer just landed a $500 million construction loan!
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^that still doesn't put a tower there, right?
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