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Site Prep for Robert A.M. Stern's One Bennett Park Tower Closes Streeterville Park

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The park will ultimately be rebuilt and redesigned by landscape architect Michael van Valkenburgh

A recently removed billboard at 451 E Grand from developer Related Midwest featured a quote by designer Robert A.M. Stern: "Architecture is a conversation across time." Apparently Stern's clock starts right now as site preparation ramps up ahead of construction on the architect's 67-story combination condo/apartment tower dubbed One Bennett Park.

The 1.6 acre park that occupied the roof of the underground parking garage at the corner of Illinois and Peshtigo since 2008 is officially no more. Crews have fenced off the site, chopped down trees, removed benches, and demolished the pea gravel pit that served as a dog run. Thankfully green space will return to the site in the form of Bennett Park, named after the legendary Chicago planner and Burnham colleague Edward H. Bennett. Related has tapped Maggie Daley and 606 designer Michael van Valkenburgh to reimagine the space with a new playground, picnic grove, and dedicated area for Streeterville’s canine community.

At 843 feet, One Bennett Park will become the first Chicago project of this construction cycle to break the 800 foot height mark and should displace the 818-foot Legacy at Millennium Park as the city’s 13th tallest when completed. One Bennett Park is New York architect Robert A.M. Stern’s first foray into the Chicago skyscraper scene. The building's stone and concrete facade is coupled with postmodern, retro-Deco design and shares a great deal of DNA with Stern’s collection of Manhattan projects such as 30 Park Place. While work on the Streeterville tower’s foundation hasn’t started, the closure of the park is a clear sign of very tall things to come.

·One Bennett Park [Related Midwest]

·Construction to Begin on New Streeterville Condo/Rental Tower [Curbed Chicago]

·Streeterville's Robert A.M. Stern Tower to Come with New Park [Curbed Chicago]