Work has begun transforming a dead Walgreens and a surface parking lot into a shiny squircle of a skyscraper called 151 North Franklin.
Loop Spy Dan hit the tip line yesterday to let us know about a fence that went up around the property at the corner of West Randolph Street and North Franklin Street, and by the time our Daniel Schell was able to Divvy his way over there, a skid-steer loader had broken through the back door of the former pharmacy and was making a professional-grade mess of the inside.
It appears the people behind this project are in a hurry since the demolition permit was issued in the morning, and demolition work began that same afternoon.
151 North Franklin is a development by the John Buck Company designed by John Ronan. It’s a basic 36-story office block coated with reflective glass and rounded corners. As we reported in August of last year:
Architect John Ronan took pains to point out that the entryway and public space for 151 North Franklin was specifically designed to relate to its sister building across Franklin street at 155 North Wacker Drive. The two buildings framing 155’s pocket park, he hoped, would create a vibrant public space spanning two city blocks. He even spoke of office workers gathering on the steps under the entryway of 151 with their laptops to have meetings al fresco.
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