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Wednesday, February 01, 2012
The Donald: Trump Riverwalk ghost town ok with me
We wrote yesterday about the current state of the Wrigley Building plaza and the empty shops at the Trump International Hotel and Tower riverwalk. Today, Alby Gallun of Crain's Chicago Business has an interview with Donald Trump in which the creatively coiffured mogul says that if you're expecting to be able to sip a coffee, or buy a gelato or Coach handbag at his spectacular, SOM-designed riverwalk, don't hold your breath. Trump tells Gallun they've basically given up for now, putting leasing on hold until retail rebounds. Oh, he would also like to land bank the site of the Calatrava Spire, if he can get it cheap. Read the full interview (subscription or registration required) here.
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Looks like the new owners of the Wrigley Building are planning to open up their plaza a bit by removing the glass-and-wood wall in between the building's two sections.
Seems like that would help circulation to the Trump building from Michigan Ave.
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