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JulieF
I am currently researching to write a paper for my Masters in Architecture prorgram in Chicago. I am interested in more detailed information about the 'loophole' that allowed Lake Point Tower to be built east of Lake Shore Drive. Any resources or information would be appreciated. I have a lot of information about the Lake Front Protection Ordinance but not much on the controversy that Lake Point Tower created and the public opinion at the time. Thanks.
editor
The Lakefront Protection Ordinance wasn't enacted until 1973.
Lake Point Tower was erected from 1965 to 1968.

Also, the Lakefront Protection Ordinance does not have the force of a full law. It is only an advisory, and was ruled so by the Illinois Supreme Court in 1983.
New-Eastside_com
I had heard some story or rumor like the developer started to build without the necessary permits and by the time the inspectors or the city took notice it was too late to stop them?

I don't know how much is true or what controversy if any occured at the time plans were being reviewed or if there is more "story" to the story than an actual story.

Eric

http://www.new-eastside.com
New-Eastside_com
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editor
QUOTE(New-Eastside_com @ Jun 27 2006, 08:52 AM)
I had heard some story or rumor like the developer started to build without the necessary permits and by the time the inspectors or the city took notice it was too late to stop them?

I don't know how much is true or what controversy if any occured at the time plans were being reviewed or if there is more "story" to the story than an actual story.

Eric

http://www.new-eastside.com
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I plowed through the Tribune archives and found no controversy mentioned in print. Maybe it's one of the many Loop urban legends.
WorldMir
A few things. Yes, the building is the only residential structure east of LSD, but that is by city ordinance after the fact. It has more to do with maintaining free and public access to the Lake Front, rather than something more sinister. Also, this site has the building's address incorrectly listed. Lake Point Tower is at 505 North Lake Shore Drive, not 595 North LSD. And, finally, the building was built from 1964 to 1968 (not 1965). While construction did take 4 long years, no one was killed in the construction of the building--a unique fact for high-rise building construction in Chicago in the 1960s.

If you want more details, then come on over (yes, I'm a resident)--there is a whole series of a photographical history of the building in the Resident's Lobby (near the mailboxes). Take a look sometime.
editor
I was in your lobby once on my way to the Cite restaurant on the roof. I wish I had noticed the exhibit. When entering, is it to the right?
Jay
So can somebody tell me in brief words what this Lake Front Protection Ordinance is: What are the regulations and why?

editor
From: http://www.hydepark.org/parks/lkftprotord.htm

Although the Ordinance, in its present form since the 1980's, has had little effect when powerful politicians and institutions have teamed up to do what they want on the lakefront, it does set down standards and extra review in hearings and public bodies , such as the Chicago Plan Commission. (The most obvius brushin aside in the area were approval of sweeping expansion by Museum of Science and Industry and La Rabida Hospital and the Shoreline Protection Project, especially proposal for Promontory Point. The Ordinance is so an embodiment of the early twentieth century landmark decisions won by Aaron Montgomery Ward, reinforced by the Burnham Plan of Chicago, providing that Chicago's great treasure and distinctive geographic feature, the Lakefront, will remain "forever free. open, and clear." The Ordinance governs a surprising distance away from the lake, for example Jewish Community Center/Rodfei Zedek between S. Hyde Park and Cornell Ave. in the 5200 block, the former Doctor's Hospital (old Illinois Central Hospital) between Stony Island and the railroad in the 5600 block (both across the street from lakefront parks) and Mount Carmel High School between 6300 and 6500 Dante, over a block west of Jackson Park.

Here are the 14 basic policy criteria of the Ordinance, under which proposals must show impact.

1. Complete the publicly owned and locally controlled park areas along the entire Chicago lakefront.
2. Maintain and enhance the predominantly landscaped, spacious and continuous character of the lakeshore parks.
3. Continue to improve the water quality and ecological balance of Lake Michigan.
4. Preserve the cultural, historical and recreational heritage of the lakeshore parks.
5. Maintain and improve the formal character and open water vista of Grant Park with no new above ground structures permitted.
6. Increase the diversity of recreational opportunities while emphasizing lake-oriented leisure time activities.
7. Protect and develop natural lakeshore park and water area for wildlife habitation.
8. Increase Personal Safety.
9. Design all lake edge and lake construction to prevent detrimental shoreline erosion.
10. Ensure a harmonious relationship between the lakeshore parks and the community edge, but in no instance will further privatte development be permitted east of Lake Shore Drive.
11. Improve access to the lakeshore parks and reduce through vehicular traffic on secondary park roads.
12. Strengthen the parkway characteristics of Lake Shore Drive and prohibit any roadway of expressway standards.
13. Ensure that all port, water supply and public facilities are designed to enhance lakefront character.
14. Coordinate all public and private development within the water, park and community zones.
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