Plans for New Chicago TV Tower 'Officially Dead'

The Chicago Sun-Times has closely followed the discussions between broadcasters and developers regarding construction of a tall tower for DTV broadcasting antennas in Chicago. Since the late 1990s, broadcasters have considered several proposals for new TV transmission facilities to provide an alternative to the established Hancock and Sears towers, but so far none have made it past the proposal stage.

In a recent article, David Roeder reported that LR Development would not pursue the TV tower and would instead build a 57-story condominium building on its lakefront parcel.

Roeder said the developer of the nearby Calatrava building, which has a large spire on top, indicated that its design could be modified to accommodate antennas inside the spire.