Demolition at 1415 South Wabash setting the stage for CMK Companies’ latest

1415 South Wabash demolition

Construction fencing and Clark banners went up around the surface parking lot at 14th and Wabash in April.

CMK Companies has something big happening at the corner of 14th Street and Wabash Avenue in the South Loop. Maybe not Riverline big, but still big. And kinda mysterious.

Back in April, on the 19th and 20th, two separate foundation permits were issued by the City of Chicago for this site. The first called for H-Piles to be pounded into the earth to support a 10-story, 62-unit building at 1419 South Wabash. Then another permit was issued calling for more H-Piles at 51 East 14th Street, but these would be for a 14-story, 199-unit building. The permits show both structures to be Pappageorge Haymes Partners designs, and Clark Construction is named as the general contractor for both.

On May 16, a demolition permit was issued to wreck and remove the single-story mural-covered building at 1415 South Wabash that used to belong to Columbia College. (CMK bought that building back in October. Crain’s reported on it here.) And that work has indeed begun, courtesy of American Demolition.

Eight Eleven Uptown driving iron at Montrose and Clarendon (Updated with Tower Crane news)

Eight Eleven Uptown

Driving piles and breaking rocks at Eight Eleven Uptown.

Eight Eleven Uptown is the new apartment tower from JDL Development coming to the Uptown neighborhood. In the midst of clearing away remnants of the old Cuneo Hospital, foundation work is now underway on the 27-story, 381-unit tower at Montrose and Clarendon Avenues. Stalworth Underground is there as we speak, driving H-piles into the earth, even as American Demolition cleans up.

*** Look what came through Monday! It’s a tower crane permit. That was fast. ***

Eight Eleven Uptown

The tower crane permit, issued Monday April 3.

Another day, another hospital demolition: The obliteration of Cuneo Hospital

Montrose and Clarendon

Cuneo Hospital gives way to the Montrose and Clarendon Development.

There are big plans for the intersection of Montrose and Clarendon Avenues in Uptown. And as is often the case, big plans to build first mean big plans to demolish.

And so it goes for the former Cuneo Hospital, and later the Maryville children’s shelter, buildings. Empty since 2005 (“it looks like a science experiment in there. Plants, moss, all kinds of things growing” I was told by a passing explorer) the old buildings had fallen into disrepair. So down they come. American Demolition is out there doing the dirty work.

Taking Cuneo’s place will be a joint venture from JDL Development and Harlem Irving CompaniesHartshorne Plunkard Architecture is the designer.


Demolition Update: The Nellie A. Black Memorial Pile of Rubble

Nellie A. Black Memorial Pavilion demolition

Demolition of the Nellie A. Black Memorial Pavilion demolition continues in Lincoln Park.

There isn’t much left of the Nellie A. Black Memorial Pavilion. Coming soon to 700 West Fullerton Parkway, a 7-story brick building that isn’t this 7-story brick building. Coming soon, a senior living facility from Belmont Village Senior Living.

Demolition Update: 7-story Nellie A. Black Memorial Pavilion reduced to 6

Nellie A. Black Pavilion

Just beyond the carnage of the old Children’s Memorial Hospital, the Nellie A. Black Memorial Pavilion undergoes the same fate.

The Nellie A. Black Pavilion at 700 West Fullerton Parkway in Lincoln Park — the former 7-story brick building being removed to make room for a new 7-story brick building — is now closer to 6.1 floors, as demolition crews from American Demolition have begun the slow, painstaking process of bringing the structure down without harming buildings to the west and north, mere inches away. In its place will be a senior living center from Belmont Village.

Old 7-story brick building in Lincoln Park to be demolished for 7-story brick building

700 West Fullerton

Scaffolding has been erected on the east facade of the Nellie A. Black Pavilion.

On the final day of October, the City of Chicago issued a demolition permit for the Nellie A. Black Memorial Pavilion, at 700 West Fullerton Parkway in Lincoln Park. Built in the 1932, it made Preservation Chicago’s “Chicago 7” list in 2016, along with its neighbor across the street, the Martha Wilson Memorial Pavilion. That building is already rubble, along with most of the old Children’s Memorial Hospital.

Crains' render 700 West Fullerton

The rendering from Crain’s Chicago’s story of the new Belmont Village Senior Living building. Look familiar?

Crain’s Chicago posted back in June that Chicago-based Harrison Street Capital and Houston-based Belmont Village Senior Living bought the building, with the intent of constructing a senior-living facility on the site. The rendering Crain’s included in the story, seen to the right, looks remarkably similar to the Nellie Black Pavilion. I could be oversimplifying things, but maybe that 80-year-old edifice could have been re-purposed for the senior living project? Eh, what do I know.

Monday, workers were constructing scaffolding on the facade. Expect dust and pallets of used bricks to follow shortly. American Demolition will do the dirty work.