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Old Posted Feb 4, 2021, 4:09 AM
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Cool CHICAGO | 640 W Washington | 425 FT | 38 FLOORS

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-640 W. Washington

-47 stories

-515’ tall

-140 parking (approximately)

-413 apartments

-$2,000,000 to $2,500,000 in tax revenue generated annually

-About $3,700,000 neighborhood opportunity bonus

- 11 affordable units on site

-$5,000,000 in lieu fee for Affordable Housing

-Wanted strong connection with industrious past of the West Loop.

-HPA Architects

-current lot about 130 cars 2019 count (85-90% occupancy day workers)

-High $3’s per square foot

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I like it, although the people lounging by the freeway is a bit much.
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It sure will be nice to see that obnoxious surface parking lot bite the dust.

I lived at R+D 659 in a south facing unit for a couple years and stared at that god awful moonscape every day.
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I like it, although the people lounging by the freeway is a bit much.
They must be assuming the Kennedy will eventually get capped with a park
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Overall I'm okay with the design and would love to see that lot bite the dust. Creating a canyon on the Kennedy would be great too!

A pool deck 485ft right next to an expressway might not be as functional as intended, but it necessary at 'high $3's per sqft'.
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Every time a surface lot gets replaced by a tower in the West Loop, the Tamale Guy gets to open a new brick and mortar location. Those are the rules, folks.
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A pool deck 485ft right next to an expressway might not be as functional as intended, but it necessary at 'high $3's per sqft'.
From living at R+D 659, which also has a pool deck overlooking the kennedy trench, I can tell you it's not an issue at all. The expressway noise just becomes background, like a waterfall, and that pool deck was always crowded on sunny weekend days. The big problem was lack of late afternoon sun due to the design of the tower, so it was definitely a morning pool.
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From living at R+D 659, which also has a pool deck overlooking the kennedy trench, I can tell you it's not an issue at all. The expressway noise just becomes background, like a waterfall, and that pool deck was always crowded on sunny weekend days. The big problem was lack of late afternoon sun due to the design of the tower, so it was definitely a morning pool.
I'm sure you get used to the noise, but it's got to be awful for your lungs, no?
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Looks fresh. Good quality infill.
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I'm sure you get used to the noise, but it's got to be awful for your lungs, no?
it's 500 feet in the air and the cars themselves create airflow, can't be worse for your lungs than walking through the loop during the stagnant morning/evening commute.
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it's 500 feet in the air and the cars themselves create airflow, can't be worse for your lungs than walking through the loop during the stagnant morning/evening commute.

ah I missed that the pool deck was on top of the building and not on the podium level. doh.
yeah at 500' it's totally fine.
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Nice to see a new thread for a proposed Chicago building!
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Let's see whether Crescent Heights or Related is first to break ground...
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Going to be amazing driving the Kennedy between these soaring skyscrapers. It's similar to the effect on Gardiner Expressway in Toronto.
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This is a handsome building especially the lack of parking podium - maybe it's there but to my untrained eye I didn't see it.
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This is extremely inoffensive as far as podiums go.
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Traffic noise or smell from a 485' pool deck will hardly be noticeable.

Nice design. Great podium.
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Wow! This tower checks off a lot of boxes on my happy list:

Tall (500+ ft for this part of the West Loop is great!)
Thin
Erases another parking lot
Helps box in 90/94
Nice street level experience


I'm fully on board
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Old Posted Feb 8, 2021, 7:16 PM
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Why is there an amenity space at ground level on Desplaines? That's totally out of the the way for building residents. Looks like part of it is a big stair for the roof deck, which maybe needed for fire code but the space is totally oversized.

Makes me wonder if there's some plan to use the "amenity" spaces as some kind of social club that is open to the public - the Desplaines space would be like a lobby to this social club.

These residential amenities are getting ridiculous. Isn't the city itself enough of an amenity?
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