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Old Posted Aug 3, 2017, 6:24 PM
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IIRC, the lobby was always toward the initial end of renovations for what I assume to market the project to prospective tenants
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reminiscent of the merchandise mart lobby. A+. still hard to believe its happening but its becoming harder to doubt!
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Old Posted Aug 4, 2017, 12:31 AM
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This is a huge building, 2.5 million square feet. What are they hoping will occupy all this?
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Old Posted Aug 4, 2017, 4:39 PM
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^Hooooly shit. That's gorgeous. Definitely did not expect them to be at this stage in the lobby so quickly.
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reminiscent of the merchandise mart lobby. A+. still hard to believe its happening but its becoming harder to doubt!
I knew the potential was there. So wonderful to see a developer who did the right thing.
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Old Posted Aug 4, 2017, 4:57 PM
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This is a huge building, 2.5 million square feet. What are they hoping will occupy all this?
Who knows - I'm guessing any type of business. That is a lot of space. My office is something like 125,000 sq ft and we have over 500 people working in that. Just imagine 2.25 million sq ft was similar to that - you'd have close to 10,000 people working there.


I think that if they can develop this thing the right way for the types of spaces business can use or at least renovate to (and not merely just "it looks great") then I think it would lure some companies either away from the suburbs or companies looking to move to a new city. It's right near the Clinton Blue Line stop and Union Station, not far of a walk from the LaSalle Street Metra stop, right near 2 major expressways, and the walk is doable from one of the Pink/Purple/Brown line stops. It's also walkable from parts of South Loop and Riverline development is going to be right there.

The transit coverage in that area is excellent. If they can do the marketing and get companies there, I don't think they'll have a problem filling it up within a handful of years.
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Old Posted Aug 4, 2017, 9:56 PM
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^Hooooly shit. That's gorgeous. Definitely did not expect them to be at this stage in the lobby so quickly.
Remember the opening scene of Dark Knight? The lobby was already in good shape. Looks like they just cleaned the stone and gave it a fresh coat of paint. Also new lighting fixtures. Probably a smart move to get this space done so that prospective tenants actually have something to go see.
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They started painting the window frames on the 1st floor with silver paint, which really show the detailed structures in the frames. I can already imagine this building being in the CAF Open House a few years from now
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Starting to remind me of the J.W. marriot renovation.
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Old Posted Aug 14, 2017, 8:45 PM
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Who knows - I'm guessing any type of business. That is a lot of space. My office is something like 125,000 sq ft and we have over 500 people working in that. Just imagine 2.25 million sq ft was similar to that - you'd have close to 10,000 people working there.


I think that if they can develop this thing the right way for the types of spaces business can use or at least renovate to (and not merely just "it looks great") then I think it would lure some companies either away from the suburbs or companies looking to move to a new city. It's right near the Clinton Blue Line stop and Union Station, not far of a walk from the LaSalle Street Metra stop, right near 2 major expressways, and the walk is doable from one of the Pink/Purple/Brown line stops. It's also walkable from parts of South Loop and Riverline development is going to be right there.

The transit coverage in that area is excellent. If they can do the marketing and get companies there, I don't think they'll have a problem filling it up within a handful of years.

They are already starting a big marketing push, the fences on van buren have promotional material attached, I'll see if I can get a picture of it when I'm in the area.

They are talking to prospective tenants already and most of the available space is a blank slate that can be built out to suit the tenant's needs. From what I've heard through the grapevine, they are talking to some big name tenants. I'm excited to see what it develops into.
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They are already starting a big marketing push, the fences on van buren have promotional material attached, I'll see if I can get a picture of it when I'm in the area.

They are talking to prospective tenants already and most of the available space is a blank slate that can be built out to suit the tenant's needs. From what I've heard through the grapevine, they are talking to some big name tenants. I'm excited to see what it develops into.
Welcome to the forum! (great name btw) That is indeed exciting to hear the city trying to convince big name tenants to relocate to the Post Office. Having a HQ or two relocate to the building as soon as it's open will truly be a boon to the Southwest Loop. There's so much potential to this section of downtown.
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Old Posted Aug 15, 2017, 4:18 AM
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They are already starting a big marketing push, the fences on van buren have promotional material attached, I'll see if I can get a picture of it when I'm in the area.

They are talking to prospective tenants already and most of the available space is a blank slate that can be built out to suit the tenant's needs. From what I've heard through the grapevine, they are talking to some big name tenants. I'm excited to see what it develops into.
I would better hope they would start doing their marketing push now. Can you share with us whether these are HQ type of tenants or are they big office types of tenants? Stuff from out of the area or just relocating from the area? You don't have to name names of course - welcome to the forum!
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I would better hope they would start doing their marketing push now. Can you share with us whether these are HQ type of tenants or are they big office types of tenants? Stuff from out of the area or just relocating from the area? You don't have to name names of course - welcome to the forum!
They are pursuing anyone who can take an entire floor. They had a huge push to get Northern Trust but obviously they lost out to the CNA building. I've heard some other interesting names but none outside of the CBD or the burbs.
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I would better hope they would start doing their marketing push now.
I heard from a friend in commercial RE that they are actively pushing full floor plates.
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They are pursuing anyone who can take an entire floor.
Exactly.
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They are pursuing anyone who can take an entire floor. They had a huge push to get Northern Trust but obviously they lost out to the CNA building. I've heard some other interesting names but none outside of the CBD or the burbs.
Who in the burbs? I work for a large company HQ'ed in the burbs. The offices are overcrowded and we're growing. Would love to move here.
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This is a huge building, 2.5 million square feet. What are they hoping will occupy all this?
Amazon?

https://www.amazon.com/amazonhq2
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Old Posted Sep 7, 2017, 3:16 PM
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This would be the perfect space for them. In the RFP they mention that they are willing to use a mixture of new construction and existing buildings. The Post Office gives them millions of square feet plus there are many empty lots and underutilized buildings not far from there. There is quick access to all Metra lines (except maybe the electric) and most L trains, too.

The Post Office would be an iconic building with tons of amenities, newly refurbished, and right on the river. Amazon would be getting a "look at me" type building. And, they can build all around it. This is such a perfect location based on the RFP.

Sorry if poorly written, I'm multitasking
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Old Posted Sep 7, 2017, 5:04 PM
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You can't get much more visible than a HQ in a building with a highway literally going through it. Can you imagine a big Amazon logo at the top right over the freeway?
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