It’s been two weeks since New York-based commercial real estate firm 601W Companies closed a deal to purchase the dilapidated and long-unoccupied Old Chicago Post Office from the estate of deceased billionaire Bill Davies for $130 million. While planned building improvements like a new rooftop club level with a running track as well as a renovation of the Art Deco structure's historic lobby were mentioned after the sale, new renderings provided by 601W and tweeted by Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development provide an early indication of what these amenities could look like.
Penned by international architecture firm Gensler, the building’s new lobby and outdoor athletic facilities supplement a previously released rendering showing a riverwalk, pedestrian plaza, and outdoor cafes. Expect better looks of the Old Post Office’s planned commercial transformation to surface in the coming months as 601 W begins courting tenants to occupy the building’s 2.5 million square feet of available office space. Pre-leasing is set to begin next year with a targeted occupancy date of 2020.
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