Preservationists on Thursday withdrew their lawsuit challenging the city's refusal to grant landmark protection to the former Prentice Women's Hospital in Streeterville, a building slated to be torn down, the Sun-Times is reporting.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation said it was withdrawing the suit over Prentice that it had filed in Cook County Circuit Court. The suit accused city officials of violating the city's landmarks ordinance with the procedure used to deny protection for the building, a design of famous Chicago architect Bertrand Goldberg.
"We continue to believe there were significant flaws with the process that granted and then removed landmark protection for Prentice," said a statement from the trust-led Save Prentice Coalition. "However, we feel that the landmarks process has run its course."
The owner of the building, Northwestern University, wants to raze it to make room for medical research labs. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has enthusiastically embraced the project for its economic promise and potential for making Chicago a center for medical advances.
Addressing complaints over how the landmarking decision was handled, the Commission on Chicago landmarks a week ago held a second hearing on Prentice, took more than three hours of testimony and voted again to let Northwestern tear it down.
It also voted that way last November, but preservationists argued the decision was illegally rushed.
— Chicago Sun-Times
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