Related Midwest recently encountered a push back from downtown Alderman Brendan Reilly. They proposed to build two skyscrapers on the Chicago Spire site. The reason being has to do with access and safety issues. The proposed project for 400 Lake Shore Drive will need major revisions before gaining the support of Reilly. In order for the City Council to review the proposal, they must first have the approval of the alderman.
Some of the changes that the alderman insists happen before he considers Related Midwest’s proposal consist of; shrinking the size of the podium where the towers will sit since it will restrict access to the site from East North Water Street, removing the hotel from the site, make use of ramps connected to Lake Shore Drive and underground parking for vehicles, and also include a security plan for the riverwalk and planned DuSable Park.
Related Midwest is a very busy development company. It will be interesting to see what they come up with as a counter to the Alderman’s suggestions.
We will keep you posted when more news on the project is released.