Representative Development Projects

  • Representing GRIT Chicago, a joint venture including Fairpoint Development, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives and Draper and Kramer, in the redevelopment of the 49-acre site of the former Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago's Bronzeville, close to downtownon the lakefront. The project involves a multitude of stakeholders, property acquisition from the City of Chicago and the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, approval of a master plan and ongoing approvals in subsequent phases, as well as significant infrastructure development.  Development costs are anticipated to exceed US$300 million
  • Representation of Draper and Kramer, owner of the last undeveloped properties on the Chicago lakefront, prominently located on Lake Shore Drive overlooking Lake Michigan. Our work included obtaining land use approvals to develop an ultra-luxury rental apartment building, involving extensive negotiations with hundreds of objectors, among them a multitude of condominium associations and community and civic groups. Negotiations ultimately arrived at approval of all government entitlements
  • Engaged by Crescent Heights, a national real estate firm based in Miami that has acquired vacant development parcels in Chicago's Central Station redevelopment project area. We are involved in ongoing zoning and land use matters with the City of Chicago. The project includes a pair of residential towers designed by Rafael Vinoly, approximately 829' and 900' tall, along the southern border of Grant Park. Construction of the first tower has commenced
  • Involved in approval of entitlements for development of a full city block adjacent to Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral as a mixed-use development of more than 1.5 million square feet, featuring 869 residential units as well as retail, office, spa, parking and Cathedral-related assembly uses, set in a base building with two towers of 1,011 and 654 feet. The former will be Chicago's sixth-largest building. The project, adjacent to a major transit stop, takes advantage of transit-oriented development rules to increase floor areas and reduce onsite parking
  • Representation of 601W Companies in its ongoing efforts to redevelop the blighted 2.5 million square foot Old Main Post Office in Chicago. Among the unique features of the site is that both an eight-lane federal expressway and a regional passenger rail line, including passenger platforms, run through the building. After circumventing an eminent domain action, we are involved in ongoing zoning, building code, property tax incentive, historic tax credit and historic rehabilitation matters involving the City of Chicago, Amtrak, the National Park Service, the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and other regulatory authorities as the project moves through a three-phase renovation. Most recently, we obtained the largest Class L tax incentive in the history of the State of Illinois in connection with the redevelopment
  • Representation of Morton Salt, owner of an industrial facility in Chicago's North Brand Industrial Corridor, in repositioning the property for disposition and redevelopment, including creative solutions for preserving brand recognition rights and drafting and negotiating a sale agreement, leases and related documents for redevelopment and partial leaseback of the property
  • Representation of the owner of the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) in obtaining land use approvals and redevelopment of the multi-level retail and entertainment base, with demolition and building additions both above and below grade. We negotiated a creative strategy that allowed the client to avoid the significant costs it would have incurred under a change in Chicago's zoning ordinance which was announced during the project design phase
  • Advised the University of Chicago on zoning and land use matters relating to the Obama Presidential Library bid
  • Involved in ongoing zoning and land use matters aiming to implement the Centennial Plan strategic framework to redevelop Chicago's Navy Pier, the most popular tourist destination in the Midwestern US
  • Obtained land use approvals and entitlements to proceed with construction of a new British School on land adjacent to the Roosevelt Collection mixed-use lifestyle center in Chicago's South Loop. Our work included drafting a complex amendment to the planned development scheme and overcoming significant community opposition
  • Representation of Sandz Development in the adaptive re-use and redevelopment of the former Lincoln Park Hospital in Chicago. Ted led the development team in obtaining zoning approvals from the City of Chicago. The project met with significant, highly organized opposition, including opposition from a newly elected alderman who, upon taking office, introduced ordinances to revoke zoning approvals and impose a liquor moratorium on the property. We successfully obtained deferral of these adverse actions, guided the client's building permit strategy to vest zoning rights, resolved issues with the new alderman and negotiated a settlement of the lawsuit challenging the project's zoning approvals
  • Representation of a prominent developer in obtaining all zoning and land use approvals for a major condominium-hotel on the Chicago River that is the among the tallest high-rises in Chicago. The 2.4 million square foot development includes office, condominium, retail and significant open space and public plaza components. In addition, DLA Piper represented the developer in all attendant real estate matters