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Old Posted Nov 21, 2019, 7:04 PM
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Well, if any of the older plans had ever come to fruition, that called for partial demolition of the building, then I think some creative facade ideas would have been called for to delineate old vs new.

But fortunately, the needs of office tenants have evolved over the last 10-15 years, and now ENORMOUS floorplates are both very desirable and very rare (good luck building anything this big from scratch today). Once asshat Bill Davies kicked the bucket, the stage was set for 601W to do a pretty straightforward gut renovation without changing the footprint or massing of the building.

Give credit to Rahm too, he really went out of his way to get this project off the ground, from threatening eminent domain on Bill Davies to personally recruiting 601W to do the renovation after seeing what they did on Starrett-Lehigh in NYC - even though OPO is 7x larger than Starrett-Lehigh. This project should definitely be counted as one of his legacies to the city.
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Old Posted Nov 21, 2019, 7:18 PM
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Does anyone have a clue when the outside riverfront hardscaping and landscaping is supposed to commence? That's the part of the renovation that I'm most excited to see completed.
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Old Posted Nov 21, 2019, 7:22 PM
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Does anyone have a clue when the outside riverfront hardscaping and landscaping is supposed to commence? That's the part of the renovation that I'm most excited to see completed.
I'm most interested in what will happen to the Sugar annex. Seems like such a waste to demolish what could be a very nice loft office space building.
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Old Posted Nov 21, 2019, 7:38 PM
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Old Posted Nov 21, 2019, 7:39 PM
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Old Posted Nov 21, 2019, 8:37 PM
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Great to see this filling up, but I do wish that more of it was truly new to the city activity as opposed to relocations like Pepsi. There must be a lot of less nice office space emptying out.
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Old Posted Nov 21, 2019, 8:56 PM
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I believe The Post Office redevelopment has truly been impressive. I know some would disagree, but I would have liked to have seen the exterior redone to look like the exterior color of Willis Tower and other buildings in that area of like color. I think a darker- colored exterior on a building as massive as the Post Office in that location would have really helped to highlight that whole area. Nevertheless it has turned out to be very successful and an exterior redo probably would have been too cost- prohibitive.
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Old Posted Nov 21, 2019, 9:15 PM
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Lol wtf?
Lol..no need to become hysterical. Its just a persons opinion about what they like. First, the Old Post Office redevelopment is fantastic, it is marvelous, it is the greatest thing to ever happen in Downtown Chicago. Having said that it is not sacrilegious for someone who loves Modern architecture over Art-Deco to visualize what they would have liked to have seen. Finally, if I am correct I believe the rough draft of four new towers of the previous proposal for the redevelopment of the OPO were black-clad supertalls. Black cladded bldgs seem to be popular in that area, that is all I am saying.
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Old Posted Nov 22, 2019, 3:54 AM
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Hate to pile on skysoar, but the mere idea of painting limestone is suspension-worthy.
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Old Posted Nov 22, 2019, 5:09 AM
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Hate to pile on skysoar, but the mere idea of painting limestone is suspension-worthy.
Lol...my last comment on this topic is I never mentioned black paint, but cladding. Even so I get your drift. I may have to suspend myself on my Post Office Development proposal. Even my wife, after she got home from work I mentioned my thought on the project to her, she looked at me like I was crazy and let me know, no chance of having any luck tonight. Oh well, great kudos to the development team that have brought great success to the Old Post Office redevelopment project.
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Old Posted Nov 22, 2019, 12:21 PM
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Hate to pile on skysoar, but the mere idea of painting limestone is suspension-worthy.
tough but fair
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Old Posted Nov 22, 2019, 3:35 PM
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Hate to pile on skysoar, but the mere idea of painting limestone is suspension-worthy.
The old PO is a great example of a classic US government limestone building that deserves to be restored and respected for what it was, and is.

On that note, does anyone know if there is still a thorough exterior cleaning in the works, it does still look a little grody.

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Lol..no need to become hysterical.
no one is getting hysterical, you simply expressed a really strange and outlandish opinion, and people are strongly pushing back against it.

you had to have expected that.

you proposed re-cladding a spectacular limestone art deco edifice that is officially designated as a city of chicago historic landmark as well as being listed on the national register of historic places.

no one is going to agree with an opinion like that.

you might as well have proposed turning grant park into a giant oil refinery.
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Hate to pile on skysoar, but the mere idea of painting limestone is suspension-worthy.
I'm reporting his post as hate speech
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Old Posted Nov 22, 2019, 5:33 PM
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Pepsi moving in puts the building at about 85% leased. That's no small feat for a 2.5 million sq ft building.
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Old Posted Nov 22, 2019, 7:29 PM
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Maybe someday, the Post Office will sell the new post office building next door and then someone will turn that into offices too. Then there would be the Old old Post Office and the Old Post Office. Those towers next to the Post Office could still be built!
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Maybe someday, the Post Office will sell the new post office building next door and then someone will turn that into offices too. Then there would be the Old old Post Office and the Old Post Office. Those towers next to the Post Office could still be built!
You mean like someone could raze it and build office towers there?
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Old Posted Nov 27, 2019, 4:17 PM
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no one is getting hysterical, you simply expressed a really strange and outlandish opinion, and people are strongly pushing back against it.

you had to have expected that.

you proposed re-cladding a spectacular limestone art deco edifice that is officially designated as a city of chicago historic landmark as well as being listed on the national register of historic places.

no one is going to agree with an opinion like that.

you might as well have proposed turning grant park into a giant oil refinery.
........how about a coal mine ?
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Old Posted Nov 27, 2019, 4:20 PM
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Maybe someday, the Post Office will sell the new post office building next door and then someone will turn that into offices too. Then there would be the Old old Post Office and the Old Post Office. Those towers next to the Post Office could still be built!
Nice height, but we could do better design wise.

I imagine those train tracks will eventually get capped and built upon. In two or three decades.
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