Friday, January 05, 2007

Follow-up on Farwell Building and Commission on Chicago Landmarks

Here is the run-down of follow-up coverage on yesterday's stunner by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks:

Lynn Becker's follow-up here and here.
Blair Kamin's commentary in the Trib here.
Johnathon Briggs overview in the Trib here.
Kevin Nance in the Sun-Time here.
My play-by-play of the meeting here.

Plus, two more notes from the meeting that I think are relevant to throw into this mix:

  • The Streeterville Organization of Active Residents, who are known as SOAR and are highly active in the Michigan Avenue area, supported the proposal, albeit reluctantly. They also actively supported the building's landmark designation two years ago. Their prepared statement, read by a member of the organization, suggested that they felt they had little choice based on the building's poor repair. They also expressed remorse at not having considered the building's poor condition as part of the designation process.

  • Toward the end of the hearing, after the opportunity for public comments was over, one of the representatives of the development team (maybe Jon Rodgers but I'm not sure) attempted to speak to the council. The Chair denied him the opportunity, but he did manage to blurt out, with a bit of exasperation, "It's not going to be a parking garage." Perhaps this means they'll be back again with reconfigured sound bites?

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