Six months after its proposal for a mid-sized development on the site of Chicagoâ€™s one-time â€œpunk rock donut shopâ€ raised height concerns, developer BlitzLake Capital Partners has scaled back its plans. Now the mixed-use development at the corner of Belmont and Clark in the Lakeview neighborhood is hoping for eight stories instead of 11.
Can Columbia build anything without causing a ruckus? There is, of course, the famous gym proposed for Riverside Park that triggered the 1968 riots, and more recently the huge fight over its 17-acre Manhattanville expansion. Now the Times is reporting a “teapot-size storm” surrounding the university’s proposal to build a new athletic center within its complex in Inwood. According to the Gray Lady, the issues are the same as anywhere in Manhattan: light, views, and context. â€œIt does not relate well to the community,â€ said Gail Addiss, 61, an architect who lives opposite Baker Field. â€œItâ€™s similar to Frank Gehry architecture â€” large metal things whose glare is going to cause more brightness to reflect into peopleâ€™s windows.â€