Friday, October 12, 2007

Will we soon call it Sears Towers?

The owners of the Sears Tower are looking for a zoning change and $60 million in TIF funds in order to renovate the building and build a second structure on the site -- either a hotel or an office building. Estimated cost? $400 million.

I'm going to reserve judgment on this one. My initial reaction was pigs flying. But apparently the original SOM design of the site contemplated two buildings. I want to see what the planners come up with here before I either laugh, cry or kiss my tax dollars goodbye. And it may be a brilliant conception! I'm admittedly not a big lover of the concrete plazas there now, so this could be an improvement.