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Let's Take A Closer Look At The Maxwell In The South Loop

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There have been some marked aesthetic changes to what's now known as The Maxwell, at Canal & Clinton. When word broke in January, we had just one lonely render of the then-unnamed retail and apartment complex by developers Bucksbaum Retail Properties and Bond Cos. Now, thanks to tireless development scout Spyguy at Skyscraper Page, we have another four from architecture firm Gensler. Our first impressions were pretty favorable, so we don't get why they had to get cute with the design. The earlier take on the retail podium cast it as totally transparent, and thus better integrated with the quartet of glassy towers. It all felt less cumbersome. A white glazing has been added to the residential component, which stands in sharp contrast to the two-story gray brick retail podium.

Topping off at eight stories, the full-bodied 3.9-acre development ought to have a friendlier disposition to pedestrians than, say, two 20-story towers in a park. Unfortunately, it'll take a lot more to make the Roosevelt Road corridor a walker's paradise. Now slated to deliver 430 apartments and roughly 190,000 square feet of retail by late 2013, The Maxwell should stand as the area's largest mixed-use development outside of Roosevelt Collection. And it looks like there's at least one likely anchor in Dick's Sporting Goods.
·Renderings, General Development Thread [Skyscraper Page]
·Bucksbaum launches development firm [ICSC]
·More Development heading to Roosevelt Road Corridor [Sun-Times]
·Big Plan to Bring 460 Apartments, New Retail to South Loop [Curbed Chicago]