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Development Update: New RIC Tower

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The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's planned state-of-the-art facility has been approved by City Council. Garnering an all-important nod from the feisty Streeterville Organization of Active Residents (SOAR) shortly before Wednesday's vote, a revised plan — the product of six rounds of community meetings — got the go-ahead. Changes since our March post involve an all-around scaling down: building height from 480' to 420'; bed count from 272 to 242; and staff parking spaces from 830 to 691. The building aesthetics got a shake up too, courtesy of architecture firms HDR and Gensler, although the rendering's biggest shift was toward bluer skies and greener trees. Completion is expected in 2016, but there's no plan yet for the repurposing of the existing RIC facility at 345 E Superior. [DNAinfo, previously]