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Cool CHICAGO | 1620 N. LaSalle Drive (Old Town Canvas) | 494 FT | 44 FLOORS

Old Town Canvas
1620 N. LaSalle Drive
44 Floors
500 units
494'
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There was a community meeting this night offered by the developers. They got to some questions, but more than 150 were unanswered due to time constraints.

Traffic/parking was the biggest concern.

Around $3 million in property taxes annually.

30% studios

750 sq ft for 1 bedroom
1200 sq ft - for 2 bedrooms
1800 sq ft for 3 bedrooms
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Kinda boring but an official skyscraper nonethless
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What firm is doing the architectural design?

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What firm is doing the architectural design?

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This was supposed to be Adjaye, but he got quietly fired from the project after several women accused him of harassment/assault.

GREC is doing a nice job with this, though. I love the color palette, we have an extremely monotone skyline and this manages to be a breath of fresh air without looking garish.
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Here's a petition to support the development, since there's been a lot of opposition: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/su...es-in-old-town
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I like the redesign. The street level brick columns on the tower portion tie things together nicely and will look good. The wider Walgreens part is much better. It looks like a building in it's own right, rather than a tacky add on.
No painted concrete, warm colors. Build it.
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Here's a petition to support the development, since there's been a lot of opposition: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/su...es-in-old-town
Yikes, just because of the area?

I hope this can go through.
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Fern Hill really went out of their way to be thoughtful and considerate of all the community feedback and concerns, just to elicit this kind of response from the usual suspects.

For me, a lesson not to waste time or energy trying to appease the NIMBY wolves...
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Here's a petition to support the development, since there's been a lot of opposition: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/su...es-in-old-town
That page talks about replacing two gas stations which sounds like a larger project including east of LaSalle. Is there more defined or only the one lot shown here.
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For me, a lesson not to waste time or energy trying to appease the NIMBY wolves...
Unless they can influence the project being built or not.

Not sure how it is in Chicago but in some cities they are successful.
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Looks good, nice density. What's the parking ratio?
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Fern Hill really went out of their way to be thoughtful and considerate of all the community feedback and concerns, just to elicit this kind of response from the usual suspects.

For me, a lesson not to waste time or energy trying to appease the NIMBY wolves...
And they're certainly not appeased. Formed a new NIMBY group in fact... Old Town Friends for Responsible Development

https://oldtownfriends.com/


PDF of the project:
https://img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/127...=1711566164671
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And they're certainly not appeased. Formed a new NIMBY group in fact... Old Town Friends for Responsible Development

https://oldtownfriends.com/


PDF of the project:
https://img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/127...=1711566164671
Lmao, why is "developer" in quotes in the top banner? Are they trying to suggest that Fern Hill is in fact not a developer?

"DENSITY: We are not opposed to development at this site but the scale is staggering for Old Town. Constructing a towering 500-unit building will create a level of density that is unsustainable for the neighborhood."

The renderings posted on their own website shows just how this development would blend in with all the other numerous towers in the area. What a bunch of outstanding idiots. Nice geocities-esque website, guys.
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Community Meeting

Community Meeting
Fern Hill Proposal for 1600 N. LaSalle
Tuesday, May 7 at 6:00 PM at Latin School Auditorium (59 W North Blvd)

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1F...HV0pg/viewform
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