The robots are on their way, and they’re coming after our infrastructure.
Along the emerging Clybourn Corridor in the Goose Island neighborhood, Alpine Demolition (KnockItDown.com — I like it) is knocking down the 3-story brick building at 1450 North Dayton Street. Curbed had the story back in August about the planned demolition.
In its place will be a mixed-use building of office and retail space called, for now, the Big Deahl at Kingsbury and Blackhawk. If that name doesn’t make immediate sense, know that Kingsbury runs past the rear of the site, and to its north. Danny Ecker at Crain’s had the story about the new development last month.
DO NOT LOOK THE DEMO DEMON IN THE EYE.
But I want to talk about that demolition robot. Those two bright eyes look like they could pierce masonry, let alone the built-in jackhammer. If these aren’t readily available to the public, maybe Alpine will let me control theirs for awhile.
The doomed tank atop 1500 North Halsted Street in Goose Island.
Wednesday, a demolition permit was filed by the City of Chicago, spelling doom for yet anther Chicago Water Tank, this one at 1500 North Halsted Street in the Goose Island neighborhood.
You’ve noticed this tank every time you’ve passed through the S-curves over North Avenue on the Brown and Purple Line trains, between the Sedgwick and Armitage stops. And if you’re living in or visiting the New City development, you’re right next door to it. But not for much longer.
Clybourn 1200 is being pieced together by a massive ground crane, like an out-of-hand game of Tetris.
Clybourn 1200 is a new mixed-use, mixed-income apartment project from Brinshore Development. Depending on your perspective, it’s in the Gold Coast neighborhood, the Goose Island area, the Cabrini-Green neighborhood, or the Near North.
The V-shaped building, designed by Pappageorge Haymes Partners to fit in the triangular lot at 1200 North Clybourn Avenue, will have 77 apartments for people, a whole bunch of roof-top hives for bees, and 17,000 square feet of space for retailers, including a day-care center for children.
McShane Construction is on the build, a notable site for its massive red crane parked in the middle of the lot.
The “front” of Clybourn 1200, facing Division Street.
This facade faces North Clybourn.
McShane Construction personnel atop Clybourn 1200.
The big red crane doing what big red cranes do.
It picked it up, now it’s setting it down.
Come on, admit it. That’s an amazing piece of machinery.
Getting kinda personal, shooting it from the back like this, but you can see the counterweight required for heavy lifting cross a large site like this one.