Friday, July 27, 2007

Michigan Avenue Development Dead

Citing worries about the slumping downtown condominium market, Miami developer Peebles Corp. has walked away from a prime Michigan Avenue site where it had planned to build a 50-story condo and hotel tower.
Peebles had signed a contract this spring to pay about $32 million for the site at 300 N. Michigan Ave., currently home to a Walgreens, a Subway and a Radio Shack (Crain's, April 14).

But the developer "felt a bit uncomfortable" with the weak high-end condo market and decided to back out a couple of weeks ago, says Barron Channer, Peebles' vice-president of development.

"We're not moving forward with it, but we're still looking aggressively in the market," he says. "We want to do something that's more in scale with where we think the market is."

from Crain's Chicago Business

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