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Jahn's Redesigned South Loop Tower to Break Cover Next Week

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Former supertall 1000 S. Michigan will be back with a new, shorter design

Helmut Jahn’s combination condo/apartment tower proposed for 1000 S. Michigan Avenue was publicly introduced to its South Loop neighbors in October of 2015 as a 1001-foot futuristic supertall, joining a flood of other new proposals seeking approval ahead of a regulatory change to Chicago’s affordable housing requirements. Rumors of a height reduction surfaced in January with news of a shortened design confirmed immediately thereafter by individuals close to the project.

The tower’s new height will reportedly fall within the 800-850 foot range which is both consistent with earlier rumors as well as the recently amended 900-foot height ceiling recommended by the Historic Michigan Avenue Landmark guidelines for new development. No renderings have been released just yet so it is unknown if the updated design will keep Jahn’s original vision of twisting cantilevered boxes or instead present something more "contextually referential" to Michigan Avenue’s historic streetwall to the north.

According to the office of Chicago’s 4th Ward, the next community meeting for 1000 S. Michigan will take place a week from today on Monday, February 29th at 6:00 PM at the Hilton Hotel located at 720 S. Michigan. The public presentation may very well be the last public appearance by departing Alderman William Burns before he leaves City Council to begin a new gig as senior advisor and director of Midwest policy for Airbnb next month. Developers are still looking to move quickly on this project which may go before the City of Chicago Plan Commission for approval as early as April.

·Helmut Jahn Tower May Lose Supertall Status With Height Cut [Curbed Chicago]

·The New Class of Skyscrapers That Will Forever Change the Chicago Skyline [Curbed Chicago]

·Helmut Jahn May Be Working On a New South Loop Tower [Curbed Chicago]