Spire Woes Cut Developer Deeply

February 4, 2010

Daily Real Estate Updates

sudler-sothebys-logo4 February 2010 – Chicago’s perpetually troubled Spire project has begun to cut deeply into developer Garret Kelleher’s international firms. Ireland-based Clarinabbey Ltd, a subsidiary of Kelleher’s Shelbourne Property Group, recently posted an annual loss of $197.2 million, mostly driven by cross-division transfer of funds tied to the Spire.

Kelleher and other company leaders are in discussions with their banks, attempting to avoid a default on the company’s obligations. While Kelleher has been seeking alternative sources of funding for the Spire project, no significant agreements have been reached.

The Spire development has been plagued with issues since its inception, and existed for over a year as an idle hole in the ground located at 400 N. Lake Shore Drive.

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