Franklin Point:
Postindustrial Redevelopment in Chicago

ARCH 574 | Spring 2013
Professor Emeritus Paul Armstrong

Postindustrial cities are re-inventing themselves for the 21st Century using Smart Growth and Transit-Oriented planning strategies to develop sustainable mixed-use epicenters for living, business, retail, culture, healthcare, education, recreation, and other activities. These new developments are catalysts that are transforming post-industrial sites into vibrant communities that attract Creative Capital of people, goods, services, new technologies, and innovation. Transportation and sustainability play key roles in developing communities that promote density, livability, commerce, and ease of movement within pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods.

Franklin Point Redevelopment. Franklin Point is the 11-acre site of the former Grand Central Railroad Station that was razed in 1971 and has been vacant since. Located in the southwest Chicago Loop, the block is bounded by Harrison Street, Wells Street, Polk Street, and the Chicago River. Numerous proposals for redevelopment including mixed-use high-rises have been proposed but none realized. Redevelopment of the site will befor a 5 million square foot mixed-use, high-density, sustainable “urban village” with condominiums, apartments, office, retail and parking with access to the Chicago River.