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Old Posted Feb 9, 2019, 5:12 PM
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318 N Carpenter, 7 story office, looks like financing is secured:

https://therealdeal.com/chicago/2019...gets-35m-loan/

Chicago’s West Loop looking like one of the hottest hoods in the country right now
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Old Posted Feb 9, 2019, 6:03 PM
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Great find! Based on the rendering and the below grade parking component this looks like an absolute winner. A+
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318 N Carpenter, 7 story office, looks like financing is secured:

https://therealdeal.com/chicago/2019...gets-35m-loan/

Chicago’s West Loop looking like one of the hottest hoods in the country right now
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Old Posted Feb 9, 2019, 6:33 PM
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Great find! Based on the rendering and the below grade parking component this looks like an absolute winner. A+
Also a quote from the developer:

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The developer has not yet announced any tenants for the building, but Murphy is “already being bombarded by requests” by potential users, he said Friday.
“We almost have the entire building accounted for, which shows you what kind of market it’s been,” Murphy said.
This is precisely why the West Loop is doing well. Space needs are being distributed among more small, boutiquish buildings.

You aren’t seeing massive 750 ft office towers like in the Loop. If you did, the West Loop would build out far more slowly, plus these huge towers would turn into massive albatrosses overnight if demand suddenly changed.

The smaller buildings are more nimble and able to accommodate for changing times. Despite my love for skyscrapers, I really love how this hood is developing. Now we just need to do something about ground floor parking/blank walls in some of the residential projects and we will be all set!
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This is precisely why the West Loop is doing well. Space needs are being distributed among more small, boutiquish buildings.

You aren’t seeing massive 750 ft office towers like in the Loop. If you did, the West Loop would build out far more slowly, plus these huge towers would turn into massive albatrosses overnight if demand suddenly changed.

The smaller buildings are more nimble and able to accommodate for changing times. Despite my love for skyscrapers, I really love how this hood is developing. Now we just need to do something about ground floor parking/blank walls in some of the residential projects and we will be all set!
Totally agree! If they built only 1 or 2 towers, everyone would probably be accounted for. SO the way it's developed is actually pretty good in this way. Hopefully it continues. There was a story last week about a company from Silicon Valley with a small (12,000 sq ft or so) office in Chicago, but they expanded by multiple times that. They are going to be moving to near OPO. The article however mentioned they wanted to be in West Loop/Fulton Market area, but there was no space for them available. They went nearby to OPO instead.
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Old Posted Feb 9, 2019, 10:04 PM
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Now we just need to do something about ground floor parking/blank walls in some of the residential projects and we will be all set!
This is not the problem you think it is. Hayden’s blank wall does truly suck, but the developers changed course (and architects) for the second phase and now plan to conceal the garage behind townhouses. Some of the other residential buildings from the 2000s also suck, but the new stuff is almost all great.

Most of the new residential buildings have either underground parking, very limited parking, or carefully designed podiums with active liner uses and interesting cladding systems.

The bigger issue in my mind is simply that developers feel they need parking to sell condos.
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2150 W. Lawrence Avenue

Apols for the crummy pic but more of this please! First time in Lincoln Square / Ravenswood area in a couple years. The transformation between Lawrence and Clark is significant. The streetscape has made a huge difference on the pedestrian experience. I wasn't even aware of this project and had to look it up. We'll see how it turns out but we need to see more of these dense developments on the commercial corridors with all the 2 & 3 flat deconversions to single family lowering density throughout otherwise thriving areas of the city. I know the TOD corridors are helping but these 4-6 story buildings in non TOD areas do wonders to help keep density flat.

https://chicago.curbed.com/2018/4/30...awrence-avenue

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^ Dude, Lawrence is absolutely a TOD zone. The only part that falls outside of a TOD radius is by St Boniface cemetery. Even that gap in the middle at Leavitt (where 2150 sits) is actually in a TOD zone because any CTA entrance or exit counts as an origin point under the ordinance, and the Western stop has an exit to Lincoln.


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hilarious. i just went to isla pilipina for dinner last night coming from LSD saw the same building and stretch and thought the same. I have always loved the lincoln square /ravenswood area. That and ashland/belmont/roscoe area.
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Old Posted Feb 10, 2019, 3:33 PM
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^ Dude, Lawrence is absolutely a TOD zone. The only part that falls outside of a TOD radius is by St Boniface cemetery. Even that gap in the middle at Leavitt (where 2150 sits) is actually in a TOD zone because any CTA entrance or exit counts as an origin point under the ordinance, and the Western stop has an exit to Lincoln.
Ah, stand corrected. Didn't realize most of the Lawrence stretch was included. Either way my point still stands. Nice to see the added density.

Hopefully Rahm can push the TOD extension for the auto sewer that is Ashland and Western before he departs.
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^ so happy that stupid sports authority sign is off that building!
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^^Definitely and mostly improved, but it also seems to have been done by a team with no aesthetic eye or sense of detailing. The way one of the piers got chopped off for the lobby entrance is visually unsettling when the building is looked at as a whole, and who's bright idea was it to have the facade lighting slicing across one of the most interesting details on the building? Isn't that the feature you would want to light up? Lastly, anodized storefronts with limestone?
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From Block Club Chicago link today

https://blockclubchicago.org/2019/02...brutal-beauty/

Some stunning shots at the end of the article - Courtesy of Barry Butler Photography
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From Block Club Chicago link today

https://blockclubchicago.org/2019/02...brutal-beauty/

Some stunning shots at the end of the article - Courtesy of Barry Butler Photography
Truly captivating. Sad to see Vista Tower eclipse the view of John Hancock

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Truly captivating. Sad to see Vista Tower eclipse the view of John Hancock


If you walk a few feet to the right from this spot the Hancock won't be covered anymore ;-)
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Old Posted Feb 11, 2019, 10:59 PM
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Drove by 760 N. Ogden today and had to do a double take, the lovely white terracotta building with D'Agastino's Pizza in it had a large sign that said "for sale development opportunity'. Is this building being marketed as a potential tear down? Searched online and just found lease info.
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Old Posted Feb 11, 2019, 11:51 PM
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Ah, stand corrected. Didn't realize most of the Lawrence stretch was included. Either way my point still stands. Nice to see the added density.

Hopefully Rahm can push the TOD extension for the auto sewer that is Ashland and Western before he departs.
Well, the TOD helps but Ald. Pawar is also a rockstar when it comes to approving these thing over NIMBY objections. Out of all the aldermen he fully understands the need for dense, parking-lite infill to counter the population loss from deconversions and to sustain transit service. Of course, it helps that he’s also a good-government reformer who can’t be accused of doing favors for campaign donors.

Also, the bus TOD expansion is all set to pass. The only objection is from a bunch of entitled condo dwellers in Uptown, so that ward will be excluded from the Lake Shore Drive TOD corridor.
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^^Definitely and mostly improved, but it also seems to have been done by a team with no aesthetic eye or sense of detailing. The way one of the piers got chopped off for the lobby entrance is visually unsettling when the building is looked at as a whole, and who's bright idea was it to have the facade lighting slicing across one of the most interesting details on the building? Isn't that the feature you would want to light up? Lastly, anodized storefronts with limestone?
Yes, I noticed these not-so-small travesties as well... I watched them cut down that pier and assumed it was either temporary or it was to install a large door because it was going to be leased to a car dealership.... HA! What an idiot I am... except not as much as an idiot that thought it was alright to cut off the pier and place the lighting where they did... obviously, there was no functional reason to do either...
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