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Join us for a roundtable conversation exploring ideas for a renewed LaSalle Street corridor, which currently finds itself at a crossroads. How does an austere financial district transform into a vibrant 24-hour neighborhood, and who will call this neighborhood home?

January 26, 2023
6:00 pm

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In many ways, the fate of the LaSalle Street corridor and the broader downtown are intertwined. If the most viable future for downtown is flexible adaptation to a mix of uses, there is no better place to test this hypothesis than along this iconic office corridor. Recognizing this, the City of Chicago recently launched a planning initiative for a reimagined LaSalle Street, freeing up all-important tax increment financing (TIF) and inviting development proposals.

However, there are questions about the challenges LaSalle Street must overcome: namely, what is the prescription for its aging building stock? Will tax incentives be sufficient to spark investment in complex residential conversions and protection of the corridor’s landmark architecture? And how central is a redesign and greening of the public realm to LaSalle’s long-term success or failure? Our roundtable of leading local experts in planning, design and real estate sets out to find answers.

Speaker: Paul De Santis

Paul De Santis

Paul De Santis is a partner and co-design director at Goettsch Partners, where he leads the design on many of the firm’s office, hotel and mixed-use projects in the U.S. and Asia. Paul’s recent work includes active projects in Chicago, Denver and Nashville, as well as the LEED Platinum-certified Zurich North America Headquarters in Schaumburg, Illinois, and the Viceroy hotel in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood. His work in Asia focuses on tall and supertall buildings, with key projects in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Wuhan. Paul received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech. He has membership with the AIA, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and the Urban Land Institute, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Speaker: Cindy Roubik

Cindy Roubik

Cindy Chan Roubik is a Deputy Commissioner with Chicago's Department of Planning and Development (DPD) leading the Central, North and Northwest Planning Regions. Recently, she has managed the LaSalle Street Reimagined initiative, the Central City Recovery Roadmap, the Bronzeville Lakefront project and updates to the Fulton Market Innovation District Plan and Chicago River Design Guidelines. Cindy is a 2022 Fellow of University of Chicago's Civic Leadership Academy program and is a LEED accredited professional. Prior to civil service, she worked as a licensed architect for a local architecture firm on several high-rises and historic rehabilitation projects. Upon graduation from McGill University’s Architecture School, Cindy was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Medal for the top student in her graduating class, and the RAIC Gold Medal Award for most outstanding thesis. Cindy was also awarded the Alpha Rho Chi Medal Award for leadership and service.

Speaker: Leon Walker

Leon Walker

As the Managing Principal of DL3 for the last 20 years, Leon works closely with municipalities, anchor institutions, and Fortune 500 companies to implement projects that are sensitive to a neighborhood’s character while creating economic opportunities for local residents. His cutting-edge community development projects have generated thousands of jobs and brought grocery stores and medical services into the food and healthcare deserts on Chicago’s South Side. Over the next 10 years, his vision is to help create 10,000 jobs and 10 million square feet of new commercial space in Chicago’s neighborhoods.

Prior to taking on the leadership of DL3 Realty, Leon worked in corporate real estate services at Jones Lang LaSalle, and in real estate capital markets at Citicorp Securities. A graduate of the University of Chicago’s Law School, Leon also holds a Master of Business Administration from Booth School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. He serves as a Board member of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate at Roosevelt University, and several other organizations.

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