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Work Resumes on Museum of Broadcast Communications

It looks like one of River North's zombie buildings will rise from the dead. Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin reports that work has resumed on the long-stalled Museum of Broadcast Communications at State and Kinzie in River North. According to the report, Gov. Pat Quinn provided a $6 million grant for the project, but it comes with a key condition: Exterior and mechanical work must be completed by April 30, which is just eight weeks from now. Eckenhoff Saunders Architects designed the building, which is a converted parking structure. Construction began in 2005 and stalled in May 2006. Now, MBC president Bruce DuMont tells the Trib that "the winds of inevitability are at my back again," and he hopes to have the museum ready for a 'soft opening' by the end of the year. According to Kamin, the building's ground-level retail will be sold to a developer who plans to open a restaurant or two. Now, if only Staybridge Suites would shake off those tarps...
· Construction underway again on long-stalled MBC [Cityscapes]