Plans For Eco-Mart Get Green Light

<p>Developers in Chicago are hoping to reuse an old lamp factory building by transforming it into a green merchandise mart.</p>
November 22, 2006, 11am PST | Christian Madera | @cpmadera
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After the local city Alderman nixed a plan for turning the building into condominiums, brothers David and Douglas Baum have proposed transforming the 250,000-square-foot building into the "Green Exchange", which would be home to "a building supply business, a furniture maker, a printing company and other environmentally conscious businesses."

"'If you're a customer that wants to buy paint that has no toxins, you may also have interest in using a green architect and investing in a socially responsible mutual fund,' David Baum says. 'I think we're hitting a tipping point in environmentalism and it's becoming mainstream.'"

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Published on Tuesday, November 21, 2006 in Crain's Chicago Business
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