Thursday, December 6, 2012

Bankruptcy Ruling, DePaul Arena, Data Centers and More -- The Latest on Stories Surrounding McCormick Place Area

Lots of information pouring out about projects, buildings and miscellaneous stuff about things around McCormick Place.

For those of you interested in this topic, we wanted to share some links for you this afternoon.

The development team behind a long-stalled plan to build hotels and restaurants just north of McCormick Place suffered a serious setback in federal bankruptcy court on Wednesday afternoon. 
Judge Jack Schmetterer granted a motion by lender CenterPoint Properties Trust to reject the latest development plan of property owner Olde Prairie Block Owner LLC, which is led by developers Pamela Gleichman, Karl Norberg and Gunnar Falk.
So they have 10 days to come up with a more solid plan. reports that this latest development makes the DePaul Arena on Cermak more plausible.

Of other news associated with McCormick Place, reports that:
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McCormick Place officials are seeking a developer to invest more than $300 million to convert underused exhibit space into a large data center, aiming to boost revenue at the massive convention complex by millions annually. 
The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, the government entity that owns McCormick Place and Navy Pier, is courting data center firms interested in building and operating more than 280,000 square feet of data storage space in Lakeside Center, the oldest and easternmost exhibit hall in the four-building complex. President Barack Obama celebrated his re-election last month during a rally at Lakeside Center.
A data center right on Lake Michigan?  Seriously?  What a waste of prime real estate...Maybe this could be the Obama Presidential Library.  Seems like there could be a lot of better uses.

(Hat tip:  KS!)


kieras1812 said...

I agree that a data center is a waste of prime lakefront space. I'm not a big casino guy but even that would be a better idea for that underutilized space. The Depaul arena is a nonstarter for the neighbor though. Those pushing will realize there will be huge push back from area residents/ groups if they continue to push for this location. The Depaul arena would be better suited south of McCormick Place at the old Michael Reese Hospital site.

Anonymous said...

Not as underutilized as you might think.

Urban infrastructure, proximity to the large Midwest netpop facility South of downtown, a large population of network engineers and the need for a very large floor space make it a logical location.

The Old Post Office is often mentioned for much the same reasons.

Anonymous said...

Here is another piece to puzzle..
If you can't open the link, the main point of the article is that McPier bought the lot/building at 2101 S. Indiana where a drug clinic was at. This is fantastic for all of the development that could happen with this building out of the way.,0,902767.story?track=rss

Timothy Mitford said...

This is sad because a lot of people could still prefer preserving these infrastructures. I hope the government or an organization would work on keeping this and having them renovated for a better look instead.