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Reactions to Related's Plans for Streeterville High-Rise Mixed

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In the two weeks since Solomon Cordwell Buenz's renderings of a planned Streeterville high-rise were released, most reactions have been pretty negative. Web commenters have slayed the garage portion of the plan, and Streeterville residents reportedly aren't thrilled with the glassy tower. In today's Sun-Times, reporter David Roeder checks in with Gail Spreen, who chairs the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents' real estate review panel. Here's what she had to say:

"This is the second best site in Streeterville. ... Whatever gets built there will be seen forever. It's disappointing that the design is so average."Not exactly a ringing endorsement. Lynn Becker offered a different view when the renderings were released:

"So we're back to the elegant glass box, with Buenos Notches, a la Legacy, but no trademark SCB curved corner. Eminently reasonable. Very clean. Not overbearing - plays well with its neighbors. Has a little park. Several steps above everything around it."Becker favors it over Perkins + Will's taller hammerhead design, and above all, he applauds Related Midwest for dropping the 'Peshtigo' name. According to the Sun-Times article, the Chicago Plan Commission was scheduled to hear a proposal for the high-rise tomorrow, but action will be deferred until design issues are resolved.
· Streeterville high-rise design underwhelms neighborhood group [Sun-Times]
· The Peshtigo is dead. Long live 500 North Lake Shore? [ArchitectureChicago PLUS]
· Shorter, Boxier High-Rise Planned for Peshtigo Site in Streeterville [Curbed Chicago]

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