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Old Posted Sep 21, 2016, 6:07 PM
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Would that be the 5/3 bank replacement proposal?
I think it's a new one. From the article:
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RDM Development has filed plans with the city for a 16-story building with 135 apartments just west of the intersection of Milwaukee and Ashland avenues and Division Street. The tower would rise on a parking lot next to Vision, a 33-unit building at 1624 W. Division St. that the Chicago developer completed in 2010.
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Old Posted Sep 21, 2016, 6:19 PM
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Yeah, that would be the small parking lot squeezed between the large Wicker Park Connection project and the Vision project back in 2010.

It's directly behind Scone City, and apparently is a landlocked parcel with no street access. All vehicle and pedestrian access would have to be made through Vision's parking lot.

This area is going to become a crazy jumble of highrises if this project moves forward, but I honestly don't see that happening. Maybe PKDickman can handicap this proposal for us...
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Old Posted Sep 21, 2016, 6:37 PM
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What's wrong w a crazy jumble of mid rises?
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Old Posted Sep 21, 2016, 7:01 PM
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Yeah, that would be the small parking lot squeezed between the large Wicker Park Connection project and the Vision project back in 2010.

It's directly behind Scone City, and apparently is a landlocked parcel with no street access. All vehicle and pedestrian access would have to be made through Vision's parking lot.

This area is going to become a crazy jumble of highrises if this project moves forward, but I honestly don't see that happening. Maybe PKDickman can handicap this proposal for us...
^ Turning NIMBY on us? What gives?
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Old Posted Sep 21, 2016, 7:10 PM
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215 W. Lake, taken around 2:00 pm today (9/21):



By my count, they just poured the concrete for the 28th floor, so five more to go.

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Oak Park Station Development Contributes to Village's Maturation

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The village of Oak Park just west of Chicago stands in stark contrast to the birth of the skyscraper's sprawling array of highrises. Here, historic homes and districts — once the stomping ground of famous Americans like Frank Lloyd Wright and Ernest Hemingway — have largely informed the local flair. But like any community on the fringe of a major city, Oak Park is growing up and new developments are reshaping key neighbourhoods.
Precast Panelling in Place at 833 North Clark in Chicago's Near North Side

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Progress at the site of 833 North Clark has been moving along nicely since our last update, as the 31-storey residential tower is now covered with its two-toned signature precast panelling. Recent photos from our Forum reveal the extent of progress made since April, as the nearly topped-off tower approaches completion.
958-foot Office Tower Proposed for Chicago's Union Station Redevelopment

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Recent plans from developer Sterling Bay for a 958-foot, SOM-designed tower for Chicago's ongoing Union Station redevelopment have revealed a proposal for what would become one of the Windy City's ten tallest buildings. Known for now as the Union Station Tower, the two-million-square-foot office tower would likely replace a low-rise parking garage, which has occupied a prime parcel of Amtrak-owned land adjacent to Union Station for decades.
Sprawling Riverfront Development Breaks Ground in Chicago
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Days after the ground was broken for one of Chicago's tallest buildings to be, another highly anticipated development officially began work. Representatives from local developer CMK and Australia's Lendlease joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Danny Solis in celebrating what will become a major riverfront reinvention.
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^ Turning NIMBY on us? What gives?
That was an aesthetic comment. This triangle between Division and Milwaukee will have several high and midrises shoehorned into it, at angles to each other. It could be interesting and dynamic... Or crazy and awkward.

There are planning concerns, too... This latest high rise especially seems poorly planned, with the only access off a dead-end parking lot or a narrow alley.
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This one is so slick with it's balconies and rigid design. I dont know why but it reminds me of Aqua. It would have been awesome if they could have put another 20 floors on it.
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215 w. lake ^^^^^
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This one is so slick with it's balconies and rigid design. I dont know why but it reminds me of Aqua. It would have been awesome if they could have put another 20 floors on it.
I agree. Too bad it's hard to observe it from anywhere because of it's location
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Not to get way off topic but has anyone heard anything about Essex, or is that going to be on the shelf for awhile?

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That was an aesthetic comment. This triangle between Division and Milwaukee will have several high and midrises shoehorned into it, at angles to each other. It could be interesting and dynamic... Or crazy and awkward.

There are planning concerns, too... This latest high rise especially seems poorly planned, with the only access off a dead-end parking lot or a narrow alley.
Is it possible that this tower will have access from the Centrum mega development alleyway? Maybe they will improve that little parking lot and it will turn into something of a cool little nook leading back to this building? Would be cool to live in a place that is only accessible from a pedestrian cut through or an alley IMO. Very European, start converting our alleys and shortcuts into more usable pedestrian spaces. There is already a significant appreciation and use of alleys in Chicago in general, most people will use them as a shortcut if they know the neighborhood and feel safe. Also, these oddities make cities interesting, I'm all for it (see below, little secrets everywhere). Underutilized land is underutilized land no matter how landlocked from a street. Find a way to get access to it and make use of it.

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I agree. Too bad it's hard to observe it from anywhere because of it's location
These are things that make cities interesting. 215 W Lake is almost impossible to observe from the ground, but is extremely visible from the L. It's going to get only harder to see when 151 N Franklin is done, but that's just fine. Little secrets...
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Old Posted Sep 22, 2016, 6:44 PM
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That's like - kind of weird. Not that I am opposed to that decent density right there - it's good, but the fact that it's not right on the road, and you have to go through a parking lot...
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That's like - kind of weird. Not that I am opposed to that decent density right there - it's good, but the fact that it's not right on the road, and you have to go through a parking lot...
It is weird. I was just in Tokyo for a week. (Impressive infrastructure, unimpressive architecture.) But something I like a lot is that there apartment and commercial buildings that are only accessible by what we would consider to be alleys. It leads to a lot of interesting spaces. It would be good to see more of that in Chicago, considering how relentless our grid can be. Wonderful, but relentless.
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I am also with the mindset that sometimes these quirky, off the grid type developments make for a more interesting cityscape. These alleys-turned-pedestrian-paths would be nice to see, although they are far too functional in Chicago (parking, trash collection) for us to see a significant change in their usage.
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If the surrounding remains a parking lot this will be tragic in my opinion. If the majority of the lot is parking make the building abut the street, no if ands or buts...................
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Old Posted Sep 22, 2016, 9:57 PM
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There's plans to replace those lots with four big midrises already. The first is already built...
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