From MPC's November 2002 Media Tips
Since its designation as an historic landmark district,
the downtown street wall of Michigan Avenue has been the subject of intense
discussion. A newly proposed mixed-use project for 1000 South Michigan is
the first to satisfy the stringent development guidelines imposed by landmark
designation. The Metropolitan Planning Council recommends speedy approval of the
project, which will be a valuable addition to the corridor.
The thoughtful planning and design of 1000 S. Michigan conform to a number of
recommendations found in the City’s zoning bonus system. Features include
a green roof system to lessen the energy needs of the building and upper-level
setbacks to ensure more sunlight at street level. The plan also reduces
traffic impact by guiding vehicles exiting the building to bordering streets,
while simultaneously ensuring that loading docks are out of view from
surrounding sidewalks. Additionally, the use of terra cotta in the design of the
building wall complements the architectural history of Michigan Avenue.
The project will also help promote economic development by creating jobs,
during development and construction and with the 37,000 square feet of ground
floor retail space.
Skosey, Vice President, External
For the complete November 2002
Media Tips, click here.