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Old Posted Oct 7, 2020, 4:30 PM
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Talk about cornering the market..... Maybe they sell the land for the other one once the new one is built. If someone could combine that chunk of land with the section along the river...could put up something pretty decent on the river and nobody would probably complain.
I don't think they have any desire to close the existing one. It's actually a gas station with a mini strip mall in it, there used to be a really good pizza place in there and a place called "Just Turkey", lol.

Possibly has to do with the snarled traffic at that intersection, it's sometimes difficult to get in/out of the gas station especially if you're going NB on Halsted or EB on Division... a gas station kitty-corner is easier to pull into from those directions.

Personally I am sad that the City didn't buy up the old Milwaukee Road tracks through here. We could have had a streetcar/light rail line from Merchandise Mart to Wrigley Field, through the west part of Lincoln Park. The north part would duplicate the Red Line a little but the south part could have been a great impetus for walkable, dense redevelopment in River North, Cabrini and North/Clybourn areas. Instead we got 3 decades of urban Schaumburg and the traffic congestion to go with it. Hopefully the city does not repeat this mistake with the North Branch and actually builds the transitway they keep talking about.
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Old Posted Oct 8, 2020, 3:01 AM
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Small potatoes but the surface parking lot at 1346 W Sunnyside in Uptown a few blocks east of Clark (a few blocks west of the Wilson stop) is going away. New construction permit for a new 4 story, 9 unit building with a 10 car garage. Again, small stuff but good to see these small infill projects in dense neighborhoods. Could be more but still better than nothing.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/13...!4d-87.6641405
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Old Posted Oct 10, 2020, 2:25 AM
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Office Depot 352 W Grand

Looks like the Office Depot on 352 W Grand (https://www.officedepot.com/storeloc...fice-depot-568) is finally throwing in the towel. I was walking by the other day and they have a "store closing" banner on the front.

Anyone know of any development news/rumors for this location?
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Old Posted Oct 10, 2020, 3:24 AM
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My money is on a new owner keeping the big box with a new tenant and running it as a taxpayer building. *

Ultimately a high rise will get built but I don’t see it happening for still a while

* Is this site too small for a “last mile” type building for Amazon?
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Old Posted Oct 10, 2020, 1:55 PM
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My money is on a new owner keeping the big box with a new tenant and running it as a taxpayer building. *

Ultimately a high rise will get built but I don’t see it happening for still a while

* Is this site too small for a “last mile” type building for Amazon?
Yes way too small and too expensive. Amazon can get land in the DS districts just South of the Sears and just use the Lower Wacker warp tunnel to get anywhere in River North.

I'm totally OK with this staying a rancid big box location. Big sites like this are getting rare in River North. Having a few pickled for later use is ultimately beneficial for the city. This site is pretty much out of the way and already a pedestrian hell hole. May as well let demand pent up so we can get something taller or something with two towers instead of one.
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Too expensive and too close to residential buildings for Amazon. Know that seems contradictory but the amount of sprinter van traffic amazon generates typically leads to complaints by it's neighbors so they've decided they no longer want to be adjacent to residential properties. As mentioned there are plenty of opportunities in the south loop which provide direct highway access.
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Old Posted Oct 15, 2020, 4:52 PM
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It's been... redacted?
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Goodlord... People still do stuff like that?
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Old Posted Oct 16, 2020, 2:34 PM
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Wow... that was one of the few bright spots of driving down Archer. An ugly street made much uglier by removing that wonderful tiling. Despicable
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Old Posted Oct 16, 2020, 3:33 PM
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The fucking hipsters have been listening to too much rolling stones, they are painting everything black. Some guy just spent time removing all the paint from a wonderful two flat facing douglas park and then the idiots painted it... Black...
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Old Posted Oct 16, 2020, 3:45 PM
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I've always thought Archer could evolve into a south side version of Milwaukee! Gotta do a road diet first so it's not a drag strip, and certainly wider sidewalks. The Ashland intersection is a suburban hellhole also.

Some guy on Twitter figured out that the guy who owns the RV Kunka building is just a landbanking jagoff who doesn't bother to put tenants in his units. Those type of guys are the other issue with Archer, which is why it feels like a ghost town... ugh. I did see a recent zoning app to renovate the awesome building at 3022 S Archer into new residential units with a ground floor commercial space, so that's good.
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Good article in Block Club on the delays to the Calatrava sculpture on the river:

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The announced summer 2019 completion date slipped after the Cleveland-based company in charge of manufacturing the sculpture was forced to prioritize repairs to faulty fuel tanks developed for a NASA rocket, the Sun-Times reported last year.
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Though crews managed to install most of the pieces, a cracked weld led to a partial disassembly, and steel specialists were brought in to correct the issue.

Last week, workers on-site confirmed ongoing efforts to repair the defect but offered no estimate for when the work on “Constellation” will actually be done.
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Some guy just spent time removing all the paint from a wonderful two flat facing douglas park and then the idiots painted it... Black...
WHY THE FUCK DO PEOPLE PAINT BRICK? WHY GOD, WHY??????????????????



sorry for the shouting, but it's one of my biggest pet peeves.

the whole goddamn point of bothering with the expense of building with brick is so that you never have to paint it, EVER!


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Old Posted Oct 16, 2020, 4:13 PM
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Some guy on Twitter figured out that the guy who owns the RV Kunka building is just a landbanking jagoff who doesn't bother to put tenants in his units. Those type of guys are the other issue with Archer, which is why it feels like a ghost town... ugh.
^ I just don't buy this. Unless you are a property tax-exempt non-for-profit, there is nothing financially to gain from hanging on to vacant buildings and so-called "land-banking". I just don't think that private property owners are willingly doing this
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Good article in Block Club on the delays to the Calatrava sculpture on the river:
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Old Posted Oct 16, 2020, 6:14 PM
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You guys are RACIST. #Blackbricksmatter
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Old Posted Oct 16, 2020, 7:08 PM
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I've always thought Archer could evolve into a south side version of Milwaukee! Gotta do a road diet first so it's not a drag strip, and certainly wider sidewalks. The Ashland intersection is a suburban hellhole also.

Some guy on Twitter figured out that the guy who owns the RV Kunka building is just a landbanking jagoff who doesn't bother to put tenants in his units. Those type of guys are the other issue with Archer, which is why it feels like a ghost town... ugh. I did see a recent zoning app to renovate the awesome building at 3022 S Archer into new residential units with a ground floor commercial space, so that's good.


The owner of the building is Joe Feng who i believe owns Topspeed autosport nearby. I could be wrong but the only other building I see him owning is 250 W 24th Pl in Chinatown, a small apartment building
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