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glowrock May 10, 2018 9:37 PM

CHICAGO | The 78 Site
 
This is the thread for news and updates concerning the 78 Site. You guys asked for it, so here it is!

Aaron (Glowrock)

230Roberto May 10, 2018 9:51 PM

Anyone going to the meeting today?

Kumdogmillionaire May 10, 2018 10:02 PM

Hmmmm... I'll check again in a couple hours. Hope to see some cool ideas. I'm much more excited about this than the Spire project tbh

left of center May 10, 2018 10:14 PM

^ Agreed. Its a much larger and more defining project for the city, and one that will *finally* help integrate and connect downtown with the neighborhoods to its south, most importantly Chinatown.

If only we could start anew with DPI and II.

Kngkyle May 10, 2018 10:19 PM

The website has been taken down, likely to be replaced with a new one shortly.
http://www.78chicago.com

left of center May 10, 2018 10:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kngkyle (Post 8183931)
The website has been taken down, likely to be replaced with a new one shortly.
http://www.78chicago.com

Good sleuthing!

AlpacaObsessor May 10, 2018 10:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by left of center (Post 8183924)
^ Agreed. Its a much larger and more defining project for the city, and one that will *finally* help integrate and connect downtown with the neighborhoods to its south, most importantly Chinatown.

If only we could start anew with DPI and II.

Would it be feasible for a developer to buy out a block of those condos/townhomes and develop the land, like is there a Dearborn Park HOA preventing that kind of action? Just looking at google maps it looks like the less dense blocks have about 30 units each, I'd imagine it wouldn't be too hard (financially) for a large developer to buy out a block.

aaron38 May 10, 2018 10:27 PM

Why is it called The 78?

Steely Dan May 10, 2018 10:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by aaron38 (Post 8183943)
Why is it called The 78?

chicago currently has 77 city-defined community areas.

this is being billed as the 78th one.

a bit tongue in cheek, as i don't think it will actually warrant it's own newly defined community area.

left of center May 10, 2018 10:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AlpacaObsessor (Post 8183941)
Would it be feasible for a developer to buy out a block of those condos/townhomes and develop the land, like is there a Dearborn Park HOA preventing that kind of action? Just looking at google maps it looks like the less dense blocks have about 30 units each, I'd imagine it wouldn't be too hard (financially) for a large developer to buy out a block.

There are HOAs that oversee each expansion of Dearborn Park. I would imagine any buyouts would need to be voted on and agreed to by the respective HOA, so the quick answer is no. Now, if they buy up enough property to effectively control the HOA or meet the minimum required to buyout the entire development is another matter entirely, but I'm not sure any developer would want to invest that much time and cash in such a plan, especially since there are still plenty of developable land in the area. In 30 years, the story may be quite different.

sentinel May 10, 2018 10:44 PM

And it begins:

http://www.trbimg.com/img-5af46ae3/t.../1450/1450x816

http://www.trbimg.com/img-5af46ab1/t.../1450/1450x816

http://www.trbimg.com/img-5af489cc/t.../1450/1450x816

http://www.trbimg.com/img-5af489ca/t.../1450/1450x816

http://www.trbimg.com/img-5af489c7/t.../1450/1450x816

All images via Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/busine...510-story.html

All other images in the Tribune article have been seen before - these are the new ones. More to come I'm sure...

sentinel May 10, 2018 10:52 PM

Btw, these were the previously released images from last fall that were included in the same article above:

http://www.trbimg.com/img-5af48a87/t.../1450/1450x816

http://www.trbimg.com/img-5af489c8/t.../1450/1450x816

http://www.trbimg.com/img-5af489c9/t.../1450/1450x816

http://www.trbimg.com/img-5af489c9/t.../1450/1450x816
http://www.chicagotribune.com/busine...510-story.html

Kngkyle May 10, 2018 11:05 PM

Ok, I'll start.

The riverwalk is basically Navy Pier on the river. I like the low-rises along the river building up to the 950 footers to the east. If some of those buildings are actually 950 feet like the articles claim, then those renderings are definitely understating their height, given that OMP is taller than them in the renderings even though its both shorter and farther away.

Most of the actual designs of the individual buildings look excellent. I hope they are not all just placeholders that Related will VE into oblivion.

left of center May 10, 2018 11:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sentinel (Post 8183958)

Holy shit, this looks like some kind of future city on a terraformed Mars. Impressive!

Kngkyle May 10, 2018 11:22 PM

http://www.78chicago.com Website is live now.

Kumdogmillionaire May 10, 2018 11:26 PM

Yeah, they definitely fucked up the heights on the renderings. OMP is a little more than 700 feet tall and it is taller than 1000M and OBP, which we know is not even close to reality. Their team needs some work on that lol

That all being said, looks pretty cool, but basically nothing we didn't already know(renderings-wise) :/

Also, website is back up and different

aaron38 May 11, 2018 12:21 AM

http://www.trbimg.com/img-5af46ae3/t.../1450/1450x816

The website says that’s 15th and Clark. I don’t see any Metra tracks. So they’re buried?

Where’s the new Red Line station?

Bonsai Tree May 11, 2018 12:26 AM

"but said it would create 20 percent affordable housing units on and off the site."- Chicago Tribune Article

If they actually follow through with this that would be freaking fantastic! Hopefully they build most of the units on site, but this would still be a major boost to affordable housing in the area! :cheers:

Fvn May 11, 2018 12:30 AM

Any info on commencement of construction?

aaron38 May 11, 2018 12:33 AM

The biggest boost to affordable housing is simply building housing. I’ve never understood how those who cut a 500 unit, 0 “affordable” development down to 250 units, 50 “affordable” think they’ve accomplished anything.
What happens to the 300 people who would have bought market rate housing but couldn’t? They go gentrify an affordable neighborhood.


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