Construction has finally started on the billion-dollar residential and office complex at Wolf Point. Fences are up, and dirt is moving as work begins on bKL Architecture’s west tower. Our Fulton River Spy sent in photographic proof.
It’s been a long time coming.
How long? Well, think of it this way— When the City of Chicago approved the development of Wolf Point, Richard Nixon was the president of the United States.
Since Wolf Point was approved…
- America has had eight presidents
- Bellbottom pants were in, then out, then in again, then out again
- NASA built, flew, then retired a fleet of space shuttles
- Eight tracks, cassette tapes, and compact discs all brought us music in turn, and then became passé
- Chicago’s population went from 3.3 million people to 2.6 million people
Now after numerous proposals, drawings, announcements, and court challenges, something is finally happening at Wolf Point.
This first phase of the project includes a 493-foot-tall residential tower, and parking developed by Hines and designed by friends-of-the-blog, bKL Architecture. Like River Point (444 West Lake Street), under construction on the other side of the river, it also includes a public park which is to be completed before the tower portion.
So why, you ask, if phase one of this project is the west tower is construction happening in the eastern half of the site?
Short answer: Dunno.
We’re not construction staging professionals. But we have it on good authority from someone very well-placed with this project that what we’re seeing is, indeed, being done to facilitate the construction of the west tower and phase one of the overall project.