Chicagoans love their industrial historical past. In addition they like to tear that historical past down and put up sq., boring buildings that maximize shareholder worth.
Our tip line went nuts on Thursday when heavy equipment from Heneghan Wrecking began tearing into the 1897 Archer Daniels Midland flour mill on Ogden Avenue in West City. Due to West City Spies Gale, Janice, James, Mike, Wilfredo, and over a dozen extra nameless spies for letting us know. Additionally, because of YoChicago! for dashing in these photographs of the flour mill earlier than and after the cavitation scenario.
The demolition derby comes on the behest of Sterling Bay, which purchased the property in 2019, two years after ADM introduced it could halt flour processing there. That work was despatched out to a spot referred to as Mendota, Illinois — a railroad city about midway between Chicago and the American Pickers.
Sterling Bay is just about the patron saint of building on this area of interest of Chicago, pioneering the Fulton Market District’s transformation from the meatpacking hub of Chicago into the Midwest model of Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. The developer can be placing up a Gensler-designed office building throughout the road at 1200 West Carroll.
Sterling Bay hasn’t introduced what it is going to construct at this web site. But it surely has at the very least 5 months to give you one thing, since phrase on the scene is that the demolition will take about that lengthy to finish.