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twister244 Jul 27, 2022 2:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Randomguy34 (Post 9686995)
Bringing Google to Chicago's Thompson Center


https://blog.google/inside-google/co...ompson-center/

Really happy to see this. As others have noted, it sends a strong signal that, despite certain media outlets, downtown Chicago is not crumbling, but is on track to thrive in a post pandemic world.

The building really does seem like it's perfect for Google. Happy to see them invest into it. I wonder if this will have impact to the blocks immediately around it in terms of street level retail/restaurants, etc.

Best outcome for the building IMO.

twister244 Jul 27, 2022 2:58 PM

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Originally Posted by ardecila (Post 9687042)
I'm happy the Thompson Center will be saved, but it's intended as a piece of public architecture, not the local palace of our corporate-tech overlords. I liked the original Reschke plan because the state would move back into the building at the end, but the public spaces could be renovated more creatively.

Now Google is taking the city's grandest interior rotunda, our local PoMo outpost of the Illinois State House, and the state is moving to a buttoned-up corporate tower on LaSalle St where bureaucrats get to hide themselves away. We get the urbanism we deserve, I guess.



(fwiw, the Harris Bank complex on LaSalle is a great piece of modernism, it's just not public-spirited the way JRTC is)

While I understand this concern, one has to wonder if a public remodel option was even feasible here? It would require funding from the city, and they are already heavily distracted by other major projects.

Is it possible Google maintains a small public area for folks to enjoy? One can hope.

left of center Jul 27, 2022 2:58 PM

Anyone know if Google will be consolidating all their offices at the Thompson Center, or if they plan on keeping their Fulton Market campus? Considering their exponential growth in the city, I think they might need to retain both for the number of workers they currently have and plan on growing to.

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As part of the deal, the state will receive $30 million in cash and will get 115 S. LaSalle St. That will be renovated, and state employees will then work from there.
Source: https://blockclubchicago.org/2022/07...ompson-center/

This is an interesting tidbit. How did 115 S LaSalle get involved in this deal? Was this property owned by Google or Reschke? I assume the state will assume ownership of this building and not lease their offices in there. Either way, consolidating offices all in one location would be a good thing for the state, both from a financial as well as operations perspective.

west-town-brad Jul 27, 2022 2:59 PM

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Originally Posted by left of center (Post 9687047)
Anyone know if Google will be consolidating all their offices at the Thompson Center, or if they plan on keeping their Fulton Market campus? Considering their exponential growth in the city, I think they might need to retain both for the number of workers they currently have and plan on growing to.

google says it's an expansion vs consolidation

galleyfox Jul 27, 2022 2:59 PM

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Originally Posted by west-town-brad (Post 9687040)
great news on google.

but what happened to the other guy who was going to buy and renovate? did he just get booted?

It’s the same person.

Instead of renovating for the State of Illinois and doing a partial buyback, they’ll be renovating for Google.

You can just imagine how quickly the State of Illinois bailed on their agreement. They now don’t have to buy back diddly squat. Just move into one of the other nice, regular Loop offices.



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Google shakes up not only the Loop, but also one of the biggest downtown real estate deals in the past decade. Michael Reschke’s JRTC Holdings previously struck a deal with the state to buy the Thompson Center for $70 million and overhaul the dilapidated, Helmut Jahn-designed building with modern features and amenities, sell a portion back to the State for its offices and market roughly two-thirds of the building to new office, retail and other users.

Under the new plan, Reschke's venture will pay $105 million for 100% of the Thompson Center, which it would renovate and ultimately sell to Google. Reschke said today that he has reached an agreement with Google to renovate the property for the company.

left of center Jul 27, 2022 3:01 PM

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Originally Posted by twister244 (Post 9687046)
Is it possible Google maintains a small public area for folks to enjoy? One can hope.

At the very least I would imagine they would keep the food court open to the public, if only to allow those businesses to survive. I don't see them fully closing off the lobby to the public. Perhaps some agreement has been worked out with this deal in order to cement public access?

ardecila Jul 27, 2022 3:04 PM

They have to preserve some public access because of the CTA station and pedway, this is baked into the deal. I assume they will upscale the food court like the new food hall in the Old Post Office.

Vlajos Jul 27, 2022 3:05 PM

Absolutely fantastic news all around. The state gets out of maintaining a building it obviously can't, gets cash out of it, a new office for its Chicago based workforce on LaSalle which needs rejuvenation AND Google is expanding in the Loop. All arranged by Michael Reschke, a Chicago based developer that will make a good chunk of cash out of the deal.

r18tdi Jul 27, 2022 3:07 PM

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Originally Posted by left of center (Post 9687047)
This is an interesting tidbit. How did 115 S LaSalle get involved in this deal? Was this property owned by Google or Reschke? I assume the state will assume ownership of this building and not lease their offices in there. Either way, consolidating offices all in one location would be a good thing for the state, both from a financial as well as operations perspective.

115 South was the former BMO hq, if I recall correctly. It was mostly vacant on was listed for sale early this year. Not sure if the state is buying the building outright or just leasing offices there.

twister244 Jul 27, 2022 3:15 PM

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Originally Posted by ardecila (Post 9687058)
They have to preserve some public access because of the CTA station and pedway, this is baked into the deal. I assume they will upscale the food court like the new food hall in the Old Post Office.

If it ends up being anything like the Post Office food court, then I am 1000% on board with that. For reference, here's a local Eater article showcasing the Post Office food court, which was done really really nicely.

https://chicago.eater.com/2022/7/21/...s-16-on-center

galleyfox Jul 27, 2022 3:18 PM

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Originally Posted by r18tdi (Post 9687063)
115 South was the former BMO hq, if I recall correctly. It was mostly vacant on was listed for sale early this year. Not sure if the state is buying the building outright or just leasing offices there.

The State is purchasing the building outright. They’re doing a deed transfer.

Thompson Center = 115 S LaSalle + $30 million



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The $105 million purchase price includes $30 million the state will receive in cash, with the rest coming via title to the office building at 115 S. LaSalle St., which the both parties agreed is worth $75 million, according to a news release from the State. Reschke is under contract to purchase that building—which BMO Harris Bank is vacating as part of a relocation to a new tower next to Union Station—and the state will ultimately own and occupy it.

Reschke's venture will renovate 115 S. LaSalle St. for the State's offices after BMO vacates the building, with renovation work expected to take 18 months, the State said in the news release. Reschke will own adjacent buildings to the east of the tower with the shared address of 111 W. Monroe St.

Kngkyle Jul 27, 2022 3:27 PM

An all-around huge win for the City, State, Google, developer, and taxpayers.

lakeshoredrive Jul 27, 2022 3:49 PM

I can't wait to see how this area will be "revitalized" with Google at the Thompson Center. It will be fun to watch. Hopefully good stuff! And hopefully the renovation will be in line with Google's aesthetic. Will the building's name be changed to something like Google Center? And maybe at the Clark/Lake subway station, it might get a face uplift and have Google advertising similar to North/Clybourn Station for Apple.

ardecila Jul 27, 2022 3:49 PM

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Originally Posted by twister244 (Post 9687066)
If it ends up being anything like the Post Office food court, then I am 1000% on board with that. For reference, here's a local Eater article showcasing the Post Office food court, which was done really really nicely.

https://chicago.eater.com/2022/7/21/...s-16-on-center

The OPO food hall is very nice, but any upscaling of the JRTC food court will mean the loss of many affordable lunch options. Not every downtown worker has a Sweetgreen budget, and downtown should have options for the many lower-income families and individuals in Chicago. I work near Revival and even I can't really afford to eat there, except once in awhile as a rare treat.

i_am_hydrogen Jul 27, 2022 3:57 PM

Gov. J.B. Pritzker confirms Google will be new occupant of iconic, controversial James R. Thompson Center
https://www.chicagotribune.com/polit...qne-story.html

Chisouthside Jul 27, 2022 3:59 PM

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Originally Posted by ardecila (Post 9687112)
The OPO food hall is very nice, but any upscaling of the JRTC food court will mean the loss of many affordable lunch options. Not every downtown worker has a Sweetgreen budget, and downtown should have options for the many lower-income families and individuals in Chicago. I work near Revival and even I can't really afford to eat there, except once in awhile as a rare treat.

I hope they keep Pinkys, the beef/gyro spot in the food court.

Klippenstein Jul 27, 2022 4:07 PM

I know I'm random and this is a tangent, but would it be possible to connect 115 S. Lasalle to the pedway at some point? Is there a reason why the Chase building was never connected under Madison? Would this type of connection compromise the foundation enough that it would require massive construction to reengineer/redistribute load? Just curious if anybody has any insight?

aaron38 Jul 27, 2022 4:33 PM

I have no love for Google and I don't trust them. Remember when Motorola Mobility spun off, and was then bought by Google? They moved to the Merch Mart and everyone was so excited? Then Google strip mined all the patents and left the dead hulk behind. They still haven't explained why they weren't allowed to do phone hardware in house, then came out with Pixel a couple years later.

Don't get your hopes up. 50/50 chance this is a flip job.

r18tdi Jul 27, 2022 4:47 PM

True. Google could be playing a long game. Remember that the site has been rezoned back to DX-16 and the existing building has no protections.
They're still putting $100+ million into the reno, which is something (but I guess not much for them).

west-town-brad Jul 27, 2022 4:50 PM

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Originally Posted by aaron38 (Post 9687149)
I have no love for Google and I don't trust them.

kinda odd to love or trust any company


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