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Old 09-22-2019, 05:56 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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Speaking of greenspace for West Loop, it seems odd that there’s a street that cuts off a section of Union Park which is the most sizable park in the area. That small and curving bit of W Washington Boulevard seems unnecessary and cuts off the southern quarter of the park. It seems like CDOT should trial closing it down and see if there’s much of an effect on traffic, and if traffic doesn’t worsen or even improves, then formally annex it into the park.
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Old 09-22-2019, 08:19 PM
 
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Speaking of greenspace for West Loop, it seems odd that there’s a street that cuts off a section of Union Park which is the most sizable park in the area. That small and curving bit of W Washington Boulevard seems unnecessary and cuts off the southern quarter of the park. It seems like CDOT should trial closing it down and see if there’s much of an effect on traffic, and if traffic doesn’t worsen or even improves, then formally annex it into the park.
Great idea - doesn't seem like the street gets too much use, but there are definitely some comes that take it. Washington Blvd is a weird street in this part of the city. I would love to see the green space improved in the west loop area..
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Old 09-23-2019, 02:24 PM
 
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When I walk around the west loop, there are still so many low-slung buildings filled with restaurants/coffee/pastries/ice cream/clothing/shopping that I wonder whether these will continue to exist in the future.. will there be dense 400-500ft places + 2 story old brick buildings? Or will everything loopify?
many of those historic buildings in the Fulton Market district are landmarked, so yes

https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/dept...Hist_Dist.html

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Old 09-23-2019, 03:42 PM
 
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Two more updates already. This neighborhood is quickly becoming Chicago's Chelsea/Soho... An upscale shopping corridor in the area would be another coup for Fulton Market's profile. Offices, hotels, night-life and dining are world class already and constantly expanding. There will be wall-to-wall density here in a decade.

Demo Permit issued for 1043 W. Fulton - 13 Stories - 147'


https://i.postimg.cc/NGXcQd1Q/Project-Pic-1043-2.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/wj2zS3DJ/Project-Pic-1043-4.jpg

Fulton and Sangamon - 13 stories


https://i.postimg.cc/7LrzQsMb/image.jpg
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Old 09-23-2019, 03:58 PM
 
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That's a pretty amazing amount under construction, and I'm glad that a lot of them are mid-rise buildings that somewhat go with the existing buildings there.

I'm wondering how far west new development will have gone by the time the new Damen station on the Green Line opens and if that stop will also see a run of new development.

I'm also wondering if this development means the neighborhood will have enough clout to push forward the idea of capping over part of the Kennedy Expressway actually come to fruition.
There are high and mid rise proposals for Randolph/Ogden so that's pretty far west. Hopefully development continues west to build out The United Center's massive parking lots.
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Old 09-23-2019, 08:08 PM
 
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There are high and mid rise proposals for Randolph/Ogden so that's pretty far west. Hopefully development continues west to build out The United Center's massive parking lots.
Yeah that is a deadzone with all of those parking lots. I tell people not to live there because of that sea of surface lot. I know that one guy owns all of those lots but still - Hoping that one day they develop those and build a giant parking structure instead.
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Old 09-27-2019, 02:23 PM
 
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There are high and mid rise proposals for Randolph/Ogden so that's pretty far west. Hopefully development continues west to build out The United Center's massive parking lots.
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Yeah that is a deadzone with all of those parking lots. I tell people not to live there because of that sea of surface lot. I know that one guy owns all of those lots but still - Hoping that one day they develop those and build a giant parking structure instead.
Parking podiums seem pretty popular. It'd be amazing if those parking lots became a dense, mixed-use district. With the Damen stop added to Ashland and the Illinois Medical District stations, that'd be three stations in the area.
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Old 09-29-2019, 07:04 AM
 
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Yeah that is a deadzone with all of those parking lots. I tell people not to live there because of that sea of surface lot. I know that one guy owns all of those lots but still - Hoping that one day they develop those and build a giant parking structure instead.
Haven't been to the area in the past 6 months, has their been any developments or proposals around the United Center?
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Old 09-29-2019, 07:40 PM
 
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Haven't been to the area in the past 6 months, has their been any developments or proposals around the United Center?
Nothing south of the green line. The lots are all owned by the UC owner and I don't see him redeveloping that area just yet. The west loop boom honestly ends at 1600 W - After the damen green line we might see some additional proposals come closer to the L, but I don't really see those parking lots changing in the next 5 years unless the casino is dropped around there.
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Old 10-03-2019, 03:49 PM
 
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1234 W. Randolph - 16 Stories "Standard Hotel"

They scaled it back from the original 23 story, 304' zoning app. 300' would have been a substantial addition, now it's just yet another 12-18 story West Loop building that will fall in rather than stand out. It's time for some extra height in this area. I don't know why Related is dragging their feet so badly with their near 500'er and 630' towers in Fulton Market. There's been no news surrounding either 400 N. LSD or The 78...They went from teeming with activity to stagnant rather suddenly.

The design is average, developers are going overboard on the faux-warehouse style, enough with all the brick. Every building does not need to serve as an homage to the West Loop's industrial past.


https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/a_vh...234_Rand.0.jpg

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