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City council OKs plan for Chicago Spire building, would be nation's tallest

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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 this month.

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 addition.

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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Posted 5/10/2007




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