It doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to figure out that Australian builder Lendlease is thinking about phase two of Southbank. It’s already opened The Cooper, a residential building at 720 South Wells Street, and has plenty more land to fill.
But The Coop’ was flown two years ago, and we haven’t heard a peep out of this riverfront nest since. Until now. South Loop Spy J. spotted a blurb mentioning Southbank in semi-recent entry over at REjournals. It’s buried in a puff piece about Wolf Development Strategies, and mentions that the firm is sinking its teeth in to “lead[ing] sales and marketing for the next phase of the firm’s seven-acre Southbank neighborhood development in Chicago’s South Loop.”
It’s all potatoes and no meat, but it’s the first taste of Southbank we’ve had since Whitey Bulger came face-to-face with Saint Peter and 19 former friends.
Which building is next is anyone’s guess. Unless you work at Lendlease. The Cooper is subarea 2 of this project, so the .oz crowd isn’t going in order with this one. There are four more Perkins+Will buildings in the pipeline.
We put a quarter in Lendlease’s P.R. company’s candy machine and turned the crank. If we get any gumballs out, we’ll let you know.