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Will Chicago Reclaim the Title for 'Tallest Building in the US?'

February 19, 2014 at 1:56 PM | by | Comment (1)

Not to be outdone, it seems like Chicago, or at least someone in Chicago, didn't like the fact they lost the title for "home of the tallest building in the US." If all goes to plan, the honor may head back to Chi-Town from NYC's One World Trade Center. That's if the city's newest addition, the Chicago Spire, actually gets off the ground.

For the past ten years, the project to permanently change the iconic skyline of our third largest city has had its ups and downs. Ground was broken at 400 N Lake Shore Drive in the Summer of 2007 and, once the financial crisis hit in 2008, the project went bankrupt along with the many investors attached to the building. For almost six years, nothing but a giant hole in the ground occupied the site, giving little hope for a reemergence of the project.

Alas, hope is not lost for the Chicago Spire. Developers have secured investors to pay off the $135 million in debt and take the matter to the City of Chicago for further approval towards building the 1,200-condo spire. A reorganization plan needs to be in place by the end of summer 2014 for the Streeterville building to grow into the sky.

A few stats on the building, once it's completed:
· 2,000' tall
· Would stand to be the 4th tallest building in the world (based on stats on date of publication)
· It would surpass CN Tower to be the largest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere
· 150 floors made up of office and residential space
· The corkscrew design mimics Native American smokestacks and lends to its internal strength
· A sustainable building that uses river water for cooling, recycles rainwater, features ornithologically-sensitive glass to protect migratory birds and monitors outdoor air delivery.

[Photo: americapictures.net]

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Look out for the house warming

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