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171 N. Wabash

Just walked past the empty lot on Wabash b/w Elephant & Castle and Gold Coast Dogs.. construction fencing is down and a brand new self-park meter has been installed. It looks like the 7 Eleven/DD mini retail strip listed as "coming soon" on said fence and pictured below isn't happening (..yet?)


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This lot was part of the 73 E. Lake tower construction plans. Originally planned to be an 8 story office building w/ 248 parking spaces? ..they later switched to the 1 story shit ass retail plan. This thing now being a parking lot gives me hope they're planning for something bigger or they'll sell the land to someone who will

CAB's article (http://www.chicagoarchitecture.org/2...fice-building/)
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^that always seemed like a waste of time
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^^ Isn't the garage w shops just to the south up for development as well ?
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I don't know, i think i would be more interested in paying a visit to O.G's Hoes...i bet its a good time in there!!
That would have been OG Shoes, a little gem who's modern facade was a product of the American Terra Cotta Company:


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I think there was a storefront like that on State in the loop but it might have just gotten replaced. There was a shoe store and a men's clothier still rocking old fashioned storefronts.
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Rehab of the tired Self-Park at Randolph & Wells

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I have mixed feelings about CHA but I do agree with the idea of a mixed income community at the Ickes site, regardless of the underwhelming design at Roosevelt Square, Stateway, etc.

Seems like planners are acknowledging the transit-oriented nature of the site, and I believe they are suggesting at least one high rise on the State/Cermak corner that is similar in scale to the Hilliard Homes. We've also seen them test the waters on midrise buildings at ParkSide. This could actually end up being a pretty urban neighborhood if they keep the townhouses to a minimum.

The bigger question is whether this is actually a desirable site. The last and only high rise on Cermak was the failed Lexington Park. Other loft developments south of Cermak have also had a mixed record. Ideally the new CTA stop will encourage homebuyers and renters to consider this area.
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