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Old Posted May 20, 2016, 10:53 PM
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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/c...20-column.html

New plan for old post office has better chance of delivering than past flops

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After years of cockamamie plans for reviving the moribund hulk of the old Chicago post office, a sound proposal finally has emerged to revive the building. Yet nothing is ever easy at this star-crossed site, which forms a western gateway to downtown.

As the Tribune's Kim Janssen has reported, the former owner of the old post office, the eccentric British multimillionaire Bill Davies, died five days before the riverfront building was sold to New York-based 601W Cos. Hmm.

Could Davies' heirs slow or block 601W's planned $500 million redevelopment by contesting the sale in court? Probably not. Davies bought the parcel for $24 million and it sold for $130 million. There appears to be no financial incentive for the heirs to get in the way.

Absent such a spat, the new post office plan, which calls for transforming the building into office space, could deliver something other than eyesores and pipe dreams. Davies specialized in the latter.
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Old Posted May 20, 2016, 11:42 PM
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^whatever, Kamin is still and always will be a tool... idiot! Sad.
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Old Posted May 21, 2016, 6:55 AM
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Whatever that is top left.... Total, total garbage...clearly designed to appease some fringe group giving input...still, great to see this happen and push development this direction
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Whatever that is top left.... Total, total garbage...clearly designed to appease some fringe group giving input...still, great to see this happen and push development this direction
The plazas depicted there are likely little more than placeholders quickly thrown together for the news release. That is my hope at least...
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The ChicagoDPD twitter account shared a couple more pictures from 601W:



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Old Posted May 27, 2016, 3:34 PM
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The ChicagoDPD twitter account shared a couple more pictures from 601W:

This space is just crying out to be a hotel lobby. Was turning the north tower into a boutique hotel ever part of a discussion?
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The ChicagoDPD twitter account shared a couple more pictures from 601W:

Looks like the East Bank Club. Actually this won't ever happen but it would be amazing if the East Bank Club moved to the Old Main Post Office and its land was redeveloped.
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Looks like the East Bank Club. Actually this won't ever happen but it would be amazing if the East Bank Club moved to the Old Main Post Office and its land was redeveloped.
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http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/cou...n-post-office/

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BUSINESS 07/19/2016, 11:00pm

Court approves deal to develop Old Main Post Office

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The vacant Old Main Post Office that hovers over the Eisenhower Expressway is about to be converted from a dilapidated civic embarrassment into a bevy of construction activity.

Five months after Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s bold threat to seize control of the giant hulk, the city has reached a court-approved agreement with its new owner, 601W Companies LLC, to begin a five-year, $500 million renovation and restoration.

In an added bonus for Chicago taxpayers, prior owner International Property Developers North America has agreed to pay the city $800,000 in fines for an array of building code violations that occurred during seven years under the company’s watch.

Earlier this year, Planning and Development Commissioner David Reifman argued that the building was “falling apart” and “potentially dangerous to the public.”

It won’t stay that way, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.
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From the rendering it looks like the lane on the north side of the bridge doesn't continue through the building, or is drastically reduced.
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^Just an illusion with the way the sound wall is curved.
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It does seem as if the pedestrian walkways to the north and south of the Congress tunnel will be restored, though, and a connection under Congress next to the river.

Sadly it doesn't sound like there is some awesome Chelsea Market-style destination planned for the building, but I'll be glad if they improve the way the building interfaces with its surroundings.
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Yes please, hopefully this project will result in a widened or improved pedestrian right of way on the East side of Canal encouraging the area South of Congress to develop. I could see them doing something really cool by eliminating the current vertical wall along the street and replacing it with a huge "spanish steps" style gradient from the underpass level up to the lobby level of the building all the way along Canal. They could have it intersected by various ramps and flower beds a la the furthest West part of the riverwalk that is currently open. It would really increase access to their property and it's phenomenal lobby as well as providing a public benefit by greatly improving the streetscape. It would also provide an area for the huge numbers of workers who will inhabit this structure to spread out and relax or eat lunch.

Given that Gensler is the architect, I'm sure they will find all sorts of great ways to improve the property, hopefully there is something in the budget for doing something creative to the horrendous way Canal is currently treated. Also, if my suggestion were implemented, it would generate a huge amount of street facing retail space along the base which would probably provide a significant windfall to the owners since ground floor office doesn't rent for nearly as much as upper floors and retail tends to rent for more than office to begin with.
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I'm dreaming about the evenings when this building is all lit up at night. Rejoice!
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Yes indeed. It will be very impressive, especially driving in from the west.
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I'm dreaming about the evenings when this building is all lit up at night. Rejoice!
You know I never really thought of the impact this redevelopment will have at night. It's almost like a giant light bulb will light up on this street and thought it's sides. Driving from thy west will look amazing.
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I could see them doing something really cool by eliminating the current vertical wall along the street and replacing it with a huge "spanish steps" style gradient from the underpass level up to the lobby level of the building all the way along Canal.
Cool idea, but I don't think it's possible. The east half of Canal Street sits atop railroad tracks (you can see an expansion joint down the middle if you look closely). Just behind that "vertical wall" is Track 2 of Union Station.

They could certainly landscape that area better however, maybe ramp it up and over the Eisenhower and then back down. You could do something really graceful and minimal like the Art Institute's pedestrian bridge, but with seating and plantings so it feels like a linear park. Originally there would have been a pretty cool westward vista down the expressway, but now I think it'll be blocked by the new upper-level ramp at the Circle.
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I wonder if the [Sterling Bay] redevelopment of the Union Station garage will have any effect on the Post Office redevelopment, being right across the street.
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Yes indeed. It will be very impressive, especially driving in from the west.
I just hope they don't mess this one up. Such a prominent iconic building with so much potential. Should be magnificent if done properly.
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