Kaufman/Daimler Propose New 12-Story Mixed Use Building Downtown
When the Columbus Commons greenspace was first announced, it was touted as a new Downtown amenity that would spur additional private development. Since the park’s completion, there have already been two major development commitments in the form of Highpoint at Columbus Commons and the proposed Lifestyle Communities building. And as of today, a third mixed-use project has joined them as future neighbors.
The Daimler Group and Kaufman Development have proposed the construction of a 12-story $50 million building located at the southeast corner of Rich Street and High Street that would house 156 luxury apartment units, five floors of office space (136,000 square feet) and ground floor retail tenants. The building, dubbed “250 High” was designed by firm NBBJ in a very modern style that will stand apart from the more traditional designs in the surrounding area.
“This is an exciting project for us and for Downtown, said developer Brett Kaufman. “It will be done in a very similar approach to our other Kaufman communities, and it’s going to be focused on the things we hold important to us as a company.”
The building would be topped with an amenity space that includes a fitness center, yoga studio and other outdoor community space that would be accessible to both residents and office workers in the building. The building’s main entrance will face High Street, but will also include interior connections to the existing parking garage structure for easy access.
“This site possesses the right ingredients for successful urban office development,” said Bob White, Jr., President of The Daimler Group. “250 High will have large efficient floor plates that reflect how companies work today, municipal incentives, sustainable features, and an abundance of walkable amenities in a vibrant downtown setting.”
The development will go in front of the Downtown Commission in late August for review. Kaufman hopes to be able to break ground in November with a target opening date at the beginning of 2015.
“We’ve had some initial interest in the office space already,” he added. “A few of the users we’re hoping to sign leases with are on some pretty tight timeframes.”
No retail tenants have been lined up yet, but Kaufman anticipates the inclusion of at least one restaurant tenant closer to the park, and a possible café on the south side of the building adjacent to a new pocket park that will face the Southern Theatre.
“Guy Worley and Capitol South have been tremendous to work with and great at turning the Commons into an asset for the community,” said Kaufman. “The Commons are a huge driving factor in why we’re going this project, no doubt about it.”
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Rendering by NBBJ. “Before” photo by Walker Evans.