Adaptive Reuse: Catalyst to Create Cultural DestinationsWhen you take a guided tour in Chicago, your docent may take you to places where you can walk, drink or dine where Al Capone and other mid-20th century mobsters did. Places like the Green Mill in Uptown and the Renaissance Blackstone Hotel in the South Loop allow you to live this experience. Now there is a place in Chicago where you can dine where criminals–some who may or may not have been mobsters–were once jailed, all thanks to a truly unique adaptive reuse in the Albany Park neighborhood. Drive or take the #53 CTA bus to 4461 N. Pulaski Road on the city's northwest side, and there you will find Taste of Thai Town, which opened in July 2015 as a new restaurant in the former 17th District Chicago Police Station. Originally built in the 1930s, the Chicago Police Department operated its 17th District unit out of this building…Log In to Read Full Article
A Mill(ion) Dollar Opportunity
The transformed complex has brought millions of dollars in new business investments to the community’s struggling economy. I think what really made this mill redevelopment project was the city’s bold, innovative and courageous strategy in taking the property for back taxes without really knowing what the environmental and other liability… Read more
Waterfront Brownfields 2.0
No longer can politicians talk about rediscovering their city’s neglected waterfront; half a century after cities such as Pittsburgh and Baltimore had their first waterfront redevelopment a trend is well established, growing and adapting to new economics, increased sustainability concerns, and a wide range of community priorities. Place-making, vibrant mixed… Read more
Connect & Conquer!
Timing and luck often factor into the success of brownfield redevelopments, but that does not tell the whole tale. Brownfield projects—even the small ones—are often complex, demanding, frustrating and costly to the communities they are located in. Communities can no longer depend on the responsible parties addressing the sites, they… Read more