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jc5680 Nov 21, 2016 12:50 AM

Helicopter making several drops today. Couldn't see what it was carrying, but the trips were just a couple minutes from the roof and somewhere east of the building.


BVictor1 Nov 21, 2016 5:11 AM

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Originally Posted by jc5680 (Post 7628709)
Helicopter making several drops today. Couldn't see what it was carrying, but the trips were just a couple minutes from the roof and somewhere east of the building.


There were removing white bags of something off the roof, perhaps asbestos excavated from the upper floors?


My vantage point.
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the urban politician Nov 21, 2016 2:31 PM

I don't know, there must be cheaper ways to remove asbestos than through the roof via helicopter

LouisVanDerWright Nov 21, 2016 2:44 PM

^^^ Not really, if there is asbestos underlayment on the roof you can't just break it up and toss it down a chute like you would with normal roofing materials. That would create a plume of asbestos dust. You could lower it by crane, but they don't have a crane already set up and that's probably just as expensive especially since insulation (probably what is asbestos if anything) is pretty light meaning helicopters would be relatively inexpensive to use. I think that's a pretty good guess as to what they are doing if they are lowering full sacks of something to the ground.

Kippis Nov 21, 2016 6:02 PM

A little OT, but...that parking lot at the corner of Harrison and Clinton needs to go. I have a rental unit across the street and would just love to see that parcel get developed. The neighborhood is getting some development further down towards Roosevelt, but I've been patiently waiting to see more action around the block (aside from the Circle interchange, of course).

I know there was a blip of a proposal from the last cycle, but obviously it fell through.

ardecila Nov 21, 2016 8:38 PM

^ IDOT is rebuilding the Congress viaduct, a little taller and with better lighting underneath. Hopefully it will be a little bit more inviting after the construction is done. I'm not aware of any streetscaping measures that IDOT is doing, but CDOT may take over eventually. I know they want to move Megabus loading to that area...

Mr Downtown Nov 22, 2016 2:38 PM

When we had four HVAC units lifted to our roof, and four taken off, the helicopter rental was $100K. Seems like you could put a lightweight derrick on the roof and lower those bags by cable for a lot less.

the urban politician Nov 22, 2016 3:51 PM

Why not wrap the asbestos in plastic and sent them down a chute?

ChiHi Nov 22, 2016 4:32 PM

Fire I guess is another way to get rid of the asbestos.

http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local...402467926.html

Via Chicago Nov 22, 2016 4:39 PM

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Originally Posted by ChiHi (Post 7630165)
Fire I guess is another way to get rid of the asbestos.

http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local...402467926.html

except asbestos is fire proof ;)

this seems to happen every couple years

BVictor1 Nov 22, 2016 5:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by the urban politician (Post 7630101)
Why not wrap the asbestos in plastic and sent them down a chute?

I was just thinking, they could be bags of gravel from the roof.

davytudope Nov 22, 2016 5:29 PM

ABC has a picture that shows a lot more of those white bags on the roof, and some fire damage.

http://abc7chicago.com/news/crews-ba...fice-/1619980/

http://cdn.abclocal.go.com/content/w...77_630x354.jpg

aaron38 Nov 22, 2016 6:04 PM

WGN news just reported that the fire is out.

r18tdi Mar 9, 2017 3:04 PM

Just landed another renovation permit. $12,000,000.

Jim in Chicago Mar 9, 2017 3:15 PM

The helicopters were at it again the last two weekends, and lots of little things are going on. I just noticed that some of the limestone is cut out toward the bottom of the west facade (close to the underpass), and several other signs of progress.

Ned.B Mar 10, 2017 2:33 PM

There is quite a bit of facade work going on actually. They are working on the limestone at the north west corner as well, and the entire top floor setback of the west facade and have removed all of the marble door surrounds at the Van Buren St. Entrance. The interior lobby fixtures must have been sent out for restoration as well because there are just temp lights hanging in there now.

HomrQT Apr 17, 2017 7:03 PM

Today
https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2848/3...d0fa13be_h.jpg

20170417_112728 by HomrQT, on Flickr

spyguy May 20, 2017 6:39 PM

https://s17.postimg.org/uldy1xntb/59...am3_042617.jpg

r18tdi Jul 11, 2017 7:32 PM


via Curbed

maru2501 Jul 11, 2017 9:22 PM

lot of work to have people wind up sitting on a wooden box

or maybe that's their friend in a coffin


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