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by David Roeder

May 8, 2012

Chicago Sun-Times

Gold Coast Jewel a gem for developer

Developer Steven Fifield wants to add a tower to the Gold Coast. He knows that will require tact and kid gloves.

That’s why Fifield said he has no rendering or definitive plans for the Jewel food store property at 1210 N. Clark. He said he and his architectural firm, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, will spend the summer getting local feedback before issuing any sketches. “We don’t want to present anything as a fait accompli. There are sophisticated people there. They are going to want to have a say,” Fifield said.

Known for his office and apartment developments on the Near West Side, Fifield emerged as Jewel’s choice to acquire and develop the site. He said the contract isn’t final, but all the important handshakes have occurred and he expects the deal to be sealed in a few days. “This is as good as it gets for location,” he said,

A larger Jewel would occupy the base of an apartment building. Traffic and truck loading, architecture and building height will be issues for neighborhood review.

But the project can be expected to draw support from residents who have argued that the Jewel needed an upgrade and has drawn rough characters to the area. Even now, with the towers of nearby Cabrini-Green razed, there’s still a perception that the Jewel’s stretch of Division Street is unsafe at night.

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