Gazette Chicago 11 06 2015 E Edition Page 1

By Hayley Carlton Apartments and condominiums will replace two long-term West Loop institutions. Upcoming projects will transform A&A Auto Shop, 1045 W. Washington Blvd., to a condominium development and the Salvation Army's Freedom Center at Ashland Avenue and Monroe Street to apartments. While the Salvation Army voluntarily vacated the nearly An independent community newspaper since 1983. Near West/Tri-Taylor University Village West Loop South Loop West Haven Bridgeport/Armour Square Chinatown Bronzeville East Pilsen Heart of Chicago November 6, 2015 FREE Vol. 33, No. 7 Activists call attention to homeless, CHA with sleep-in. See page 6. Other highlights: Police, privatization, and taxes discussed at 11th Ward forum. See page 3. Star program to help City College students attend universities. See page 16. City reviews Pilsen and Little Village communities for development planning. See page 18. INSIDE By Monica M. Walk and William S. Bike The Eleanor boat house, under construction on the Chicago River in Bridgeport, in the 2800 block of south Eleanor St., will provide new water recreation opportuni- ties. The site sits between Loomis and Fuller Streets, across the river from Ashland Avenue. The Eleanor Street project is the final of four boathouses advanced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel as anchors for future river develop- ment and access. Officials expect completion by fall 2016, weather permitting. "We've made tremendous progress in investing in the Chicago River to make it the city's next great recreational frontier, but this goal will only be achieved when residents from every part of the city have access to recre- ational opportunities on the river," Emanuel said. The Eleanor boat house is the first structure of its type con- structed in Bridgeport. Other city boathouses are located in the Chinatown, Roscoe Village, and Ravenswood neighborhoods. "The Eleanor boat house represents a great opportunity to grow our local economy and Bridgeport park to offer river rowing access via new Eleanor boat house Several new developments planned for South Loop area State Rep Esther Golar, champion of education, passes away. See page 30. By Patrick Butler Perhaps not since the 1871 Chi- cago Fire has the South Grant Park area gone through the kind of transformation that could be coming if four major highrise developers and their supporters have their way. John Murphy of MB Real Estate hopes to build a 48-story, 500-unit Solomon Caldwell Bentz-designed apartment highrise at what is now a parking lot at 1326 S. Michigan Ave. According to Murphy, the aver- age unit will be 730 square feet, and rentals will run from $2 to more than $3 per square foot. The building would also have more than 8,000 square feet of retail space and 240 parking spots. New York architect Rafael Vinoly has plans for a 76-story development with 506 units in residential twin towers and 100 townhouses. He calls the project Crescent Heights and wants to build it on a two-acre parcel on the southeast corner of Roosevelt Road and Michigan Avenue. Vinoly's project would go up in three phases, with the two towers sitting just south of Museum Park and the townhouses going up west of those buildings. Vinoly's towers would have the unique "bundled tube" design found in the Willis Tower, Chicago's tallest building. Meanwhile, Oxford Capital Group, a Chicago-based hotel developer that owns the Essex Inn, is planning a 48-story, 388-apartment development at 800 S. Michigan Ave., next door to the Essex Inn. The Oxford Tower would go up where the Essex swimming pool and parking garage now stand. Designed by Hartshorne Continued on page 10 Continued on page 14 Continued on page 8 New West Loop residential expansion plans are unveiled Garibaldi Park renovations completed by Park District. See page 18. Photo Courtesy Soul Circus Inc. UNIVERSOUL-The UniverSoul Circus ran in Washington Park in September and October. See Around the Neighborhood, page 20.

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