Rejected: Four North Market Development Proposals That Didn’t Make The Final Cut
Representatives from The City of Columbus announced this morning that they had selected three finalists from a group of seven development proposals that would transform the surface parking lot at the North Market into a new mixed-use structure in Downtown Columbus. That means that four development proposals did not make the final cut in the review process — the details of which have been made available below:
The proposal submitted by Kaufman Development and designed by NBBJ, imagines a contemporary six-story tiered structure that steps down to lower levels of retail and 23,000 square feet of roof-top greenspace. The proposed building included 65 apartment units, 32,000 square feet of retail space designated as an expansion for the North Market and restaurant use, as well as a 310-space parking garage underground.
“The green roof feature of the project will be a pivotal and elemental feature, creating a celebrated, world-class programmed urban park, adding space for farmer’s and community markets; all accessible from street level,” stated the project’s application form. “Additionally, the design expands the green roof vision to every level of the multi family component of the project, creating an integral interplay between private and public commons spaces.”
Flaherty & Collins
The Indianapolis-based Flaherty & Collins was the only non-local developer to submit a proposal for the North Market parking lot redevelopment site. Their proposal called for the construction of a 26-story tower on the site, containing 297 residential units ranging in size from 500 to 1,100 square feet, with amenities including a fitness facility, lounges, a business center, game room, and two “amenity decks”. The building would also include a 470-space parking garage, 26,000 square feet of retail space, and a central outdoor plaza.
“The vision for North Market Tower is to energize the district; to build off the success of the existing North Market; to create a central gathering space for the community; and to design a residential tower that serves as a beacon for the revitalization of this historic downtown area,” states the Flaherty & Collins proposal. “This mixed-use building and plaza celebrate the historic character of the neighborhood and create a warm inviting space for both visitors and residents of Columbus.”
Local developer CASTO proposed an 18-story structure for the North Market parking lot site that would include a mix of 129 for-rent apartments and 82 for-sale condo units for a total of 211 new residences on the property. A three-story parking structure within the building was planned to accomodate 327 parking spaces while the ground floor contained 6,200 square feet of new North Market retail space and a two-story 8,500 square foot “North Market Food Lab” facing Spruce Street. Two different upper levels would be utilizes as amenity decks for residents.
As with most of the other proposals, the design includes the retention of an open air outdoor space between the existing North Market building and the new structure, allowing for outdoor farmers market and event uses.
Columbus-based Lifestyle Communities submitted a proposal that suggested the development of a new eight-story residential building on the site that would have added 305 new residences to the area in the form of 265 “flats”, 25 “micro units” and 10 “maisonettes” and a total of 363 parking spaces inside a new garage.
The proposal was submitted as a partnership with Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, though details of their involvement were not made available in the proposal (many of the details were redacted before being made available publicaly). The proposal did outline some renovation plans for the existing North Market building, which called for relocation of seating on the second floor to develop flex work space, as well as the relocation of the current outdoor seating area on the east side of the building to make room for external business entrances and sales windows to the outside.
No visuals from the proposal made available from Lifestyle Communities or architectural firm Robert A.M. Stern at this point in time.