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6/6/2012 1:52 PM 

A new tower has been proposed for the long-empty site once designated for a Shangri-La hotel in Chicago. The proposal for 111 West Wacker Drive calls for a 59-story 630-foot (192-meter) apartment building, which will be far shorter than the 1,047-feet-tall (319 meter) tower originally planned for the site.

The developers, 111 West Wacker Partners, will build the tower on the remnants of the stalled hotel project. Construction halted in 2007 after construction of a 25-story parking garage, which remains on the site.

Alderman Brendan Reilly, who represents the district, does not expect any controversy over the tower, since it will fill the deserted construction site and is much less extravagant that the previous proposal, the Chicago Sun Times reports.

The site is not far from Wolf Point Tower development, a three-tower project proposed by the Kennedy family.

The Chicago Plan Commission is expected to review the 111 W. Wacker Drive plan on June 21.