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there was speculation that a developer was talking with 17th Church to sell their property so it could be combined with the empty lot to form a viably-sized parcel. Thankfully, that didn't happen. The pit endured. Until now.
On Tuesday, Curbed Chicago, picking up on a discovery of construction documents made by the Skyscraper Page, unveiled a rendering of a new 27 story hotel to be shoehorned into the pit by Rhode Island hotel developer Magna Hospital Group, which had purchased the site for $5 million in 2012.
GREC Architects, is a step up, but it would be something of a stretch. This is a very Manhattan-like building, scrunched on a small site along a narrow street that's becoming something of a vertical canyon, even more if Sterling Bay replaces the four-story building at 300 North Michigan, just east of the Motor Club, with another tower.
Since it's being built flush to the Motor Club building, the Hilton Garden Inn's long east wall will not only be devoid of windows, but it will seal up all the windows on the Motor Club's west wall, making that property's announced development as still another hotel more problematic.
Strangely, the long western wall of the Garden Inn design, although completely exposed once it gets above the 17th Church next door, is also windowless. It's a puzzler. Are the developers anticipating that at some point 17th Church will no longer be able to resist temptation, and will sell off the building for the construction of still another high-rise?
found a link to the detailed construction documents on the W.E. O'Neil website. It's pretty interesting reading if you're into such things, including the specs for all the furnishings - everything from chairs and chandeliers to faux lemons.
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