West Loop Parking Lot Targeted for 2-Tower 1,000+ Apartment Plan
Feb20

West Loop Parking Lot Targeted for 2-Tower 1,000+ Apartment Plan

There are two things that never give up hope: Dogs, and the surface parking lot next to Heritage Green Park. Model of 625 West Monroe by SMDP. The 250-space West Loop slab at 601 West Monroe Street has been the subject of at least four redevelopment plans since we started publishing 18 years ago.  From a modest 20-something-story office tower to smdp’s angular 38-story BP Tower to the 75-story office slant floated in 2013....

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It’s the End of the Line for 601 West Monroe
Feb28

It’s the End of the Line for 601 West Monroe

Pity poor 601 West Monroe — Tossed on the architectural scrapheap before it could even break ground. Last week we brought you the story of 601’s neighbor — 625 West Monroe, the potentially 75-story tower planned for the surface parking lot between Presidential Towers (555 West Madison Street) and Heritage Green Park (610 West Adams Street). How does one get 75-stories on a quarter of a block?  You don’t.  The...

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The West Loop’s Mothballed BP Tower May Still Rise Under a Different Name
Feb21

The West Loop’s Mothballed BP Tower May Still Rise Under a Different Name

Christmas came late to Chicago’s skyscraper enthusiasts when last week a plan was announced to erect a 75-story office tower at 601 West Monroe Street.  For the first time in a long time, their Christmas stockings would be stuffed with a truly interesting design, at a highly-visible downtown location, backed by a developer flush with cash from recent building sales. We saw the drawing in Crain’s Chicago Business, too, and...

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