The Latest On The Chicago Spire

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Earlier this week (yeah, I've been busy) Crain's reported that Shelbourne Development Group, the developer of The Chicago Spire, has closed their sales center in The NBC Tower and will now be selling units in their own offices on Wacker Drive. It seems that Shelbourne owed their landlord about $316,000 in back rent and the landlord filed an eviction notice a while back. The Chicago Sun Times also reported that key staff members have left the developer's operation.

This all came as a total surprise to me because I stopped paying attention to this condo development a long time ago. Shelbourne has been unable to find financing for this project and even got so desperate that they tried to convince union pension funds to invest in the project under the premise that it would create union jobs. Fortunately, the unions were smarter than that. They recognize that Chicago needs another condo development like we need a hole in the ground (uhhh, wait.....we have one of those). The unsold condos in the Spire represent about 20% of the total downtown unsold condo inventory. So who in their right mind is going to finance this project and how can you sell something that you can't build? And these developers think they're smart.

Speaking of the hole...The Chicago Architectural Club announced a winner to their contest for ideas on what to do with the hole. The winning idea involved transforming the area around the hole into a beach and launching a yellow hot air balloon (representing the sun) that would carry a circular swimming pool. That idea probably has a better chance of coming to fruition than the original plan and is far more practical.

Filed under: Developments, Dumb Ideas

Tags: Chicago, condos, spire

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  • We also have a huge problem in SE Florida with over built a.strong condos.em but it is a the same time an unprecedented opportunity for baby boomers to secure their retirement condo or home at prices discounted as much as 40-50%.

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