To see or review the proposals for Northwestern University's biomedical research building on the site of the former Prentice Women's Hospital go to. At the recommendation of the Real Estate Committee, SOAR has taken no position on any one of the three proposed Northwestern University developments. According to SOAR's Planning and Zoning Principles, each presents significant challenges for the community that require rethinking. Instead, SOAR sent a letter to Northwestern, Alderman Reilly and other officials, outlining some of the most critical issues: lack of design interest, especially in the Phase 1 proposals; insufficient green space accessible to the community and the need to plan for shuttle drop off and pick up onsite. Read SOAR's letter. Chicago Tribune architecture writer Blair Kamin reported in a November 19 Twitter posting that Northwestern asked all three architectural firms to revise their plans in anticipation of a decision by December 31.
Recent press announcements include a proposal to occupy a long-shuttered site on East Ontario and the purchase of a recently-shuttered site on East Illinois. Members of the SOAR Real Estate Committee look forward to meeting with the principals involved with these proposals.
Members of the Real Estate Committee recently met with representatives of AMC Theatres 600 N. Michigan Ave. 9 Movie Theatre regarding the AMC600 project to change the configuration and amenities to the theater.