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Vista Tower changes name, signs up new hotel partner

The high-stakes name game for Chicago skyscrapers continues. In the city of the Sears — er, Willis — Tower and the former John Hancock Center, now known just as 875 North Michigan Avenue until a different sponsor comes along, there is a new name for Vista Tower, the city’s third-tallest building.

The 101-story luxury building due to get its first residents next month is now called the St. Regis Chicago. The owner, Magellan Development Group, announced the change Wednesday because it has a deal with St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, a premium brand of the Marriott chain, to operate the property’s hotel and provide butler service to condo owners.

The agreement replaces a deal with China’s Wanda Hotel Development, which backed out and sold its 90% stake in the tower to Magellan for $270 million. The withdrawal caused a couple of condo buyers to try to cancel multi-million-dollar purchases with Magellan, arguing Wanda’s absence made the project less attractive. The developer changed what it originally called the Wanda Vista Tower to simply Vista Tower.

Magellan’s announcement emphasized that St. Regis will ensure the Jeanne Gang-designed building will be an ultra-premium destination. It also said Chicago-based Alinea Group will provide fine dining in the tower.

“We truly thank and appreciate our buyers for their continuous support and faith in Magellan to deliver a world-class product,” said David Carlins, the firm’s CEO. He also mentioned financial backing from J.P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

The entire building at 363 E. Wacker Drive in Lakeshore East downtown is due to be finished in the third quarter of 2021. Magellan is betting the coronavirus will have subsided by then, and demand for hotel rooms and high-end condos will rebound.

Peter Weidman, managing director in the Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division, called its involvement “a vote of confidence in Chicago’s real estate market and a true testament to our longstanding relationship with the Magellan Development team.”

The hotel in the St. Regis Chicago will have 191 rooms and there will be 393 condos. Magellan said the condos are priced from $1 million to $18.5 million.

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Authorities ID Man Killed in Shooting at Linda Vista Recreation Center

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One of two shooting victims is taken to an ambulance. Courtesy OnScene.TVAuthorities Wednesday publicly identified a 27-year-old man who was fatally shot last weekend in an apparently unprovoked attack near the handball courts at the Linda Vista Recreation Center.

Officers responding to reports of shots fire around 11 a.m. Sunday at the recreation center, 7064 Levant St., found San Diego-resident Israel Castro suffering from at least one gunshot to his upper body, San Diego police Lt. Andra Brown said.

Paramedics took Castro to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Brown said.

While officers were at the hospital, a 30-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound was brought in by a private vehicle, the lieutenant said. The man told officers he was also at the Linda Vista Recreation Center when he was shot.

Witnesses told police that a man wearing a mask and shorts was seen running from the scene and getting into a white four-door vehicle that sped off southbound on Linda Vista Road, Brown said. No detailed description of the suspect was released.

Anyone with information on the shootings was asked to call the SDPD’s homicide unit at 619-531-2293. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 888-580- 8477.

–City News Service

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One dead, one injured in shooting near Linda Vista Recreation Center

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Police are searching for a suspect who fled the scene of a deadly shooting near the Linda Vista Recreation Center on Sunday.

San Diego Police say that officers were called to the area near 7000 Levant Street in Linda Vista just after 11 a.m. over reports of gunfire in the area. When officers arrived, they found one man who had been shot in the upper body.

Officer provided first aid to the man until San Diego Fire-Rescue personnel arrived. The man was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The victim has been identified but his identity was not released. He is described as a 27-year-old Hispanic man from San Diego.

While officers were at the hospital, a second man arrived with an apparent gunshot wound, police said. He said that he had also been injured outside of the same recreation center. The second victim has also been identified but his name was not released. He is described as a 30-year-old man from San Diego.

Police said witnesses reported seeing a man, possibly Hispanic, wearing a mask and shorts, running from the scene. He was seen getting into a small, white four-door vehicle that was last seen driving southbound on Linda Vista Road.

Officers said the two victims appeared to have been near the handball courts at the recreation center when they were injured. SDPD Homicide detectives were at the scene late Sunday investigating the shooting.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call SDPD’s Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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Man Gunned Down, Killed at Linda Vista Recreation Center

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A 27-year-old man was shot in the head and killed late Sunday morning in Linda Vista. The gunman, who left the scene in a car driven by an accomplice, has not yet been found.

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Authorities say the slain man was at the handball courts at the Linda Vista Recreation Center on Levant Drive about 11 a.m. Sunday when the suspect approached him and gunned him down. A witness told OnSceneTV that he heard eight to 10 “pops” and then saw a man with a gun in his hand running toward a car occupied by a driver and passenger.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic man who is about 5-feet 9-inches or 5-feet- 10 inches tall, and was wearing shorts. He fled the scene in a small, white four-door car that went south on Linda Vista Road.

Police say the recreation center was busy at the time of the shooting, with people playing tennis and others on the handball court where the victim was killed.

We don’t have a lot to go on at this time,” San Diego police Lt. Andra Brown said. “There’s people around here that know what happened, and we’d like to hear from them.”

Homicide detectives from the San Diego Police Department are investigating. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to called the San Diego Police Department Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

— Staff report

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New 5-story hotel proposed near Columbia’s downtown Vista entertainment district | Columbia Business

COLUMBIA — A new hotel could be coming to the Capital City’s busy Huger Street corridor.

Plans for the proposed five-story, 130-room property were submitted to the city’s Design/Design Review Commission by architect Craig Otto.

It would sit at the southwest corner of Huger and Senate streets, a couple blocks away from the Congaree River. It is expected to cost $10 million to build, according to city documents.

Real estate transactions for the land are still underway. Developers of the project could not be reached for comment Monday.

It is also a block away from the Kline Iron and Steel Co. site where developer Paul C. “Bo” Aughtry III earlier this year announced plans for a 250-room Marriot hotel.

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This is the second hotel proposed for downtown Columbia in recent months. A former National Guard armory in the Vista is being redesigned as a boutique hotel.

The new development all comes while South Carolina’s hospitality industry has been ravaged by the international coronavirus pandemic.

SC tourism has lost more than $5B since COVID-19 pandemic began

Building industry experts say, despite virus-related setbacks, developers have been choosing to move forward with hotel plans, believing the economy will return to normal within the two years it often takes to construct hotels.

Before the pandemic, Columbia’s downtown hotels were enjoying hefty demand, with occupancy rates averaging about 73 percent — high by industry standards.

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Vista children killed in wrong-way crash on the way home from vacation

Zach and Lili Homant, their mother and their grandmother had just spent two weeks together in Ohio and were making the long drive to the children’s Vista home when a wrong-way driver smashed into their car.

Zach and the two women died on impact. Lili died on her way to a hospital.

Now, friends of the family are trying raise enough money so the children’s father and step-mother can fly them home and bury them.

The crash happened about 1:30 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 40 in Canadian County, Oklahoma, local media outlets reported.

The family was headed west in a 2003 Hyundai when an eastbound Jeep smashed into the car and overturned. The Hyundai ended up in the center median where it caught fire. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials told reporters that the Jeep’s driver, identified as Ashley Ricks, may have been impaired at the time of the crash. According to 911 calls, the 33-year-old had been driving the wrong way for more than 10 miles.

Ricks, the only one to survive, is in critical condition at a hospital.

Friends of the family created a GoFundMe soon after they learned of the crash to help pay for funeral costs, which would include flying the bodies back to California.

“Our hopes are this fund will pay for the costs to bring his family home from Oklahoma, and burial expenses,” wrote fund organizer and family friend Jean Ball. “I know right now they can’t eat or sleep. They can’t look at the kid’s bedrooms and belongings. I can’t even imagine my whole reason for living, my entire family gone in an instant.”

The children live full-time with their father and step-mother, but had taken a vacation with their mother to visit their grandmother in Ohio. Ball wrote in the GoFundMe that the two had called their dad every day while in Ohio to share their experiences. Both were ready to come home and see their dad and their friends.

But Zach, who loved playing video games, and Lili, who enjoyed her bike and anything else that was pink or purple, never made it.

“The children had such bright futures,” Bell wrote. “How to navigate life after this is hard to fathom.”

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