15. THREATENED: Proposed High-Rise at Superior and Wabash Rejected, but Superior Street Row Houses Remain Endangered

Alderman Brendan Reilly rejected the proposal for a 60-story tower to be built on the northeast corner of Superior Street and Wabash Avenue. The site is currently home to three 1880’s row houses, as well as a seven-story Art Deco limestone building and part of the historic four-story red brick Giordano’s building (730 N. Rush Street). Although out of immediate danger, the East Superior row houses are still under threat. Symmetry Development may consider a revised plan with a shorter high-rise moving forward.

The tower, proposed by Symmetry Development would have included 216 hotel rooms, 120 timeshare units, 246 condominiums, 30,000 square feet of retail space, and parking for 325 vehicles. With widespread community opposition, Alderman Reilly opposed the mixed-use development due to the traffic issues it would likely cause.

Preservation Chicago strongly opposes the demolition of three orange rated row-houses at 42, 44 and 46 East Superior dating from the 1870’s and 1880’s. The status of the adjacent seven-story Art Deco limestone building and part of the historic four-story red brick Giordano’s building at 730 N. Rush Street, identified as significant in the Illinois Historic Structures Survey-ISS, are also threatened with demolition by the same proposed development. A new “McCormickville” Landmark District would be a powerful tool to protect this neighborhood’s historic building fabric and strengthen the vibrancy of this community.

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