CHICAGO (AP) — A 150-story lakefront tower that would be the nation’s tallest
building is a step closer to reality.
The City Council approved plans for the Chicago Spire on Wednesday, clearing
the way for construction on the 2,000-foot twisting skyscraper to start later
The completed structure would unseat the city’s 1,451-foot Sears Tower as the
tallest building in the United States. The spire would also be taller than
New York’s 1,776-foot Freedom Tower, currently under construction at the
former World Trade Center site.
The building, which will be located near the intersection of the Chicago
River and Lake Michigan, will feature a four-story transparent glass lobby
and 1,200 residences, according to Kim Metcalfe, a spokeswoman for developer
Shelbourne Development Ltd. of Ireland.
“The Chicago Spire will be the world’s most celebrated address, and we look
forward to beginning construction in a matter of weeks,” said Garrett
Kelleher, the executive chairman of Shelbourne.
The tower was designed by Santiago Calatrava. The Spanish-born architect
designed the Athens Olympic sports complex and the Milwaukee Art Museum
Construction is scheduled to be completed by late 2010.
The world’s tallest building is the Taipei 101 tower in Taiwan. It measures
1,671 feet and 101 floors. A tower in Dubai currently under construction is
expected to rise beyond 2,300 feet and more than 160 floors.
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