- Plaza on DeWitt
The Plaza on DeWitt General information Status Complete Type Residential Location 260 E. Chestnut Street
Coordinates Coordinates: Construction started 1963 Completed 1966 Height Roof 395 ft (120 m) Technical details Floor count 43 Design and construction Architect Fazlur Khan of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
The Plaza on DeWitt was completed in 1966 as a residential apartment building at 260 E. Chestnut Street in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago. It has been noted to have many problems including frequent dangerous elevator malfunctions, unrenovated units, and has suffered from poor management.[original research?] Recently, there are reportedly bedbug problems in the building and the Plaza on Dewitt management will not pay for bed bug eradication. It is most well known for its 2 fires in 2002 and 2009 that injured over 2 dozen people and killed 2 people. However, the Plaza on Dewitt has not installed a sprinkler system to protect its tenants, and future deaths and injuries from fires may result. Even the recent vioce activated alarm system has had flaws, with unintelligible voice alarms. It was converted to condominiums in 1975. On the ground floor, a French bistro, Le Petit Paris, formerly Zaven's, serves traditional French cuisine. In 2002, a fire on the 14th floor killed one and injured 11, and on December 10, 2009 another fire, on the 36th floor, also killed one person and injured 12 people. About one third of the Chicago Fire Department's equipment, with about 300 firefighters, responded to the 2009 fire.
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