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    7 South Dearborn
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    Oh thanks, I remember that proposal now.

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    Hmmm I think I like 7 South Dearborn more than the Spire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skylimitone View Post
    Hmmm I think I like 7 South Dearborn more than the Spire.

    If the Chicago skyline had a round hole--7 South Dearborn was its round peg. But choosing visually jarring over visual harmony isn't always a bad thing.

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    Our next edition of 'Spire Watch' put out by Chicago Line Cruises.








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    July 11, 2008






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    A few recent shots








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    August 1, 2008


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    Being born and raised in Chicago I can defenetly say I love this city. The spire will be something that will show that our city can endure and surpass, for me at least it is a symbol of going above and beyond. Don't worry I love NY too. I cant wait to see what the next 30 years will bring upon these 2 magnificent cities.

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    A bit of info...


    Victor – just an update. The last of the super caisson cofferdams are being done and now it’s time for the main work on the core cofferdam. Over the next few weeks they will be digging deeper to install a 7th whaler ring in the core.

    Next steps in construction are utilities. We have sewer, water, fire hydrants lines, electrical, phone – etc.. The entire building is Cat 6 wiring, which doesn’t even exist in that location yet. Additionally, there’s a ton of old stuff down there that needs to come up – everything from tunnels to old freight lines.
    As to the question of why things are re-buried after construction – the space is very small and in order for equipment to be able to move around freely things below ground that are not immediately needed are reburied until needed again.
    All of the garage caissons are done. You can see one in your picture that’s not completely buried, but capped above ground that’s being used for ventilation purposes.

    The article from 2007 that you asked about – have no idea where that came from. It wasn’t something we were responsible for. Either way, it’s old and wrong. However, good news on the financing front is coming
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    Last update was almost two months ago, and for good reason. This project is in serious trouble:

    And questions now surround the fate of another major project—the Chicago Spire. The project's architect, Santiago Calatrava, said Wednesday that he has had little contact recently with Garrett Kelleher, executive chairman of Shelbourne Development Group Inc.

    "As you can see, the site is quiet," Calatrava said. "We are all waiting."

    Kim Metcalfe, a spokeswoman for the project at 400 N. Lake Shore Drive, said more than 30 percent of the units were pre-sold but Shelbourne was "trying to figure out the next phase" and is in a "slowing-down phase."
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/busine...0,793766.story

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    Oh Oh

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    Financing on this must now be all but impossible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alonzo-ny View Post
    Financing on this must now be all but impossible.
    only if your trying to get a loan from WaMu or Lehman Bros.

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    Are you paying attention to the financial climate at all?

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