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Scaled-back Plan for Waterview Site a Net Gain for Wacker

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In case you missed it on Skyscraper Page (we almost did), the latest renderings for development of the former Waterview Tower site at Clark & Wacker have hit the scene. News of Related Midwest's plan for a 500-unit "marque" rental tower broke in late July, after their purchase of the unfinished tower for $26 million. We hadn't seen fresh renderings until the ones above from DeStephano Partners emerged last week. We don't know yet if recent news of the impending collapse of DeStephano will affect the project. Originally 90 stories, speculation had it scaled back to 65, and it now stands at 52, as Jeff Blau, president of Related told Bloomberg Media in mid-September.

The technique for dealing with the half-finished base of the Waterview is to cantilever the new portion above. It's an interesting juxtaposition, the top looking nothing like the base. The 5-10 story gap between halves brings the actual height closer to a 65-story story building, and in line with RR Donnelly next door. There's no indication this is the final design. And across the board, there's skepticism about the safety of the cantilevered design, with only the core suspending the upper 30 stories.
·Complete Curbed Coverage of the Waterview Site
·Clark & Wacker Thread [Skyscraper Page]