The Chicago Spire is officially under construction
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Chicago, IL, US (NCS) - The Chicago Spire is now officially under construction, according to Tom Murphy, the lawyer for developer Garrett Kelleher, president of Shelbourne Development, Ltd. of Ireland.
“We broke ground on June 25th pursuant to a permit issued by the City for the deep rock caissons which with the concrete core are the main support for the building,” Murphy said. “The permit was issued to our contractor the Case Foundation Company.”
6:00 p.m. hosted by Riverview.”
The sales office will open on the 18th floor of the NBC Tower at 455 North Cityfront Plaza Drive in late September, and international marketing will begin soon after.
According to Murphy, the team will not seek financing for the project until the first quarter of 2008.
Final plans for the twisting, 150-story residential tower, which will include 1,200 condominiums and an underground parking garage, were approved by the Plan Commission on April 19th and the City Council on May 9th.
Now that the infamous tower has finally broken ground, residents can witness the awe as it climbs to the sky and becomes the tallest building in North America.
After weeks of prep work, caisson drilling began on Tuesday for the 2,000-foot Spire which was designed by Spanish architectural celeb Santiago Calatrava. Calatrava is also known for his design of the Athens Olympics sports complex and the Milwaukee Art Museum addition.
“We have initiated weekly construction meetings to answer neighbors’ questions with SOAR (Streeterville Organization of Active Residents), the alderman and mayor’s offices and the East Water Place and Riverview Associations,” said Murphy.“ Those meetings are Mondays at