The tower cranes, they are a-falling

A quick L ride to the South Loop and back revealed a couple new developments (no pun intended) in Chicago’s tower crane landscape on Tuesday. The crane building No. 508 (508 West Diversey) in Lake View was being taken down, and the crane at Ancora at Riverline (720 South Wells) in the South Loop has also begun its final descent.

Sorry I have no photos of the dis-assemblage for now. My phone was ready at Diversey as our train stopped at the platform, but a perfectly-timed northbound Brown Line train blocked my view. As for Ancora, that one surprised me as we went around the bend off Wells Street onto Van Buren. The least I can do is remind you what those two tower  cranes looked like when they were still in service.

No. 508

No. 508 back in August. Macon Construction still has one tower crane in Chicago, at Hayden West Loop.

Ancora at Riverline

Ancora at Riverline in December. Lendlease has plenty more around town.

Construction Progress: No. 508

No. 508

No. 508, at 508 West Diversey in Lake View.

Crews from Macon Construction continue to grow No. 508 up on the city’s north side. A development from Boston-based Broder, the building at 508 West Diversey in Lake View will bring 53 luxury units to the neighborhood, and is designed by Pappageorge Haymes Partners.

The 12-story tower will include commercial space on the ground floor, parking on levels 2 and 3, residential units on floors 4-11, and amenities on the 12th floor, all topped off by a green roof.

The link to Broder’s website for No. 508 tells you it will be ready this year; don’t count on it. This project got off to a slow start, and with construction having only reached the fifth floor so far, a 2017 opening seems awfully ambitious. But, Macon *does* have an almighty tower crane at its disposal (they’re about to get their second one in the Chicago skies, at Hayden West Loop), so maybe we shouldn’t completely discount them.

Chicago’s three newest tower cranes boost total to 35

Chicago’s tower crane count stands at 35 this morning, thanks to three new rigs dotting the skyline.

Aloft Chicago Mag Mile

The tower crane at 243 East Ontario Street in Streeterville isn’t quite operational yet. A delay thanks to some stubborn counterweights held up assembly on Sunday; work will continue to finish up the crane Monday. The stub had been planted back in May.

No. 508

The crane at 508 West Diversey Parkway in Lake View went up to open June.

Marlowe

Assembly of the crane at 675 North Wells Street in River North began Tuesday of last week.

Tower Crane #33 is almost ready to lift heavy stuff at No. 508

No. 508 tower crane

Sorry, we’re building a tower crane here. Please go around.

If you’re wondering why you can’t drive on West Diversey Parkway between Pine Grove and Cambridge Avenues in Lake View, welcome to the world of tower cranes. The street is blocked so crews can utilize a pretty red Stevenson crane to assemble a tower crane at No. 508. They’ve been at it since Tuesday, so hopefully work will be completed by the end of the day Thursday. Then, and only then, can Macon Construction Group begin going vertical on Broder Properties’ 12-story, 53-unit apartment tower.

Construction Stubdate: No. 508 plants a tower crane in Lake View

Shout-out to Twitter user @sigalfano who let me know, after some guesswork, that a tower crane stub had been planted at No. 508 (508 West Diversey Parkway) on Friday. It joins One South Halsted in the stub group, with full assembly likely while I’m in England. So take pictures and videos of it going up and send them the blog’s way.

This is the only tower crane in the Chicago skies right now for Macon Construction Group, the general contractor tasked with building the 12-story, 53-apartment Pappageorge Haymes design.

 

No. 508 slowly putting down a foundation in Lake View

No. 508

No. 508, at 508 West Diversey Parkway in Lake View, sets a foundation.

No. 508

Rendering of No. 508 from Broder Properties.

The luxury apartment tower from Broder Properties at 508 West Diversey Parkway continues its foundation work in Lake View, albeit slowly. Our last look back in January showed some pretty deep digging and shoring, and now considerable concrete has been poured on the site. Designed by Pappageorge Haymes Partners, No. 508, as dubbed by Broder, will rise to 12 stories, have 53 units, and, according to the renderings, include some ground-floor retail. Completion of No. 508 is slated for this year, so the crew from general contractor Macon Construction Group has their tasks cut out for them.

Digging 508 West Diversey in Lake View

508 West Diversey

Rendering of 508 West Diversey from Broder Properties.

Broder Properties of Boston is developing a 12-story, 53-unit residential building at 508 West Diversey Parkway in Lake View. Designed by Pappageorge Haymes Partners, the project includes on-site parking and ground-floor retail space as well. Macon Construction of North California Avenue (Macon Buildings, Makin’ Dreams should be their motto) is on the build. They’ve got a pretty serious hole dug into the ground, all shored up and looking ready to go vertical soon. 508 West Diversey is slated for a Spring 2018 opening.