Controversial Streeterville Hotel Bypassing City Hall, Moving Forward

There are lots of construction projects proposed around Chicago, and lots of them are opposed by neighborhood groups for one reason or another.  But never before have we seen a building so hated that it actually spawned its own anti-building web site.

Tishman Realty is trying to replace the old Museum of Contemporary Art building at 237 East Ontario Street with a limited service hotel.  The big bone of contention with neighbors has been its plans for using the public alley in a potentially traffic-clogging manner.

237 East Ontario (Courtesy of Valerio Dewalt Train)

24-story version of 237 East Ontario (Courtesy of Valerio Dewalt Train)

According to Chicago’s most professional neighborhood group, SOAR, the New York real estate developer has decided to once again scale back its plan for the project, and in doing so has made it small enough to fly under the City Hall radar.  The original design by Valerio Dewalt Train was 24 stories.  It got knocked back to 22 this past March.

The new plan calls for a building that fits within the block’s current DX-12 zoning.  And now that Tishman isn’t asking the city for any height beyond that DX-12 limit, it’s moving ahead with the project sans zoning board approval.

The next step is to tear down the former Museum of Contemporary Art building which currently slumbers in this location.  According to SOAR, you can look for demolition in “early 2017.”

Location: 237 East Ontario Street, Streeterville

Author: Editor

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