Hotel Concept Calls for 12 Stories on High Street Downtown
In the midst of much discussion about the Edwards Companies’ proposal to build a six-story building on the west side of High Street between Gay and Long streets, another local developer – the Day Companies – has quietly floated a concept for a 12-story hotel across the street.
The Day Companies posted renderings and a site plan on its website showing a 132-room hotel next to a new pedestrian alley at 90-104 North High, currently the site of a parking lot and a one-story building that was most recently occupied by Experience Columbus. The hotel rooms would be located on the upper floors of the building, on top of a five-story, 325-space parking garage.
The site plan also provided some more information on what the developer is calling phase one of the project, the redevelopment of the historic White Haines and Madison’s buildings just to the south. Thirty apartment units would occupy floors three, four and five of the renovated buildings, with over 60,000 square feet of commercial space filling in the rest of the space. Given the size of the proposed parking garage to the north, it’s likely that it would serve both the hotel and the tenants of the historic buildings.
Ricky Day, Principal at the Day Companies, declined to comment on the hotel proposal beyond saying that is purely conceptual at this point.
Neither the renovation project – which was recently awarded historic preservation tax credits – nor the new hotel concept has gone before the Downtown Commission, and plans have yet to be submitted for either, according to city staff.
Marc Conte, Deputy Director at the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District, said that he is intrigued by the potential of the alleyway, which would stretch from High Street to Pearl Alley. A new alley in that location would create the potential for additional storefronts in the White Haines Building, which, Conte explained, could be attractive to the “small start-up retailers that are most apt to re-populate Downtown in the near future.”
It also fits with what his organization has been doing elsewhere and plays to the strengths of the downtown environment.
“The SID has been promoting the use of Lynn and Pearl Alleys for additional retailing,” Conte said. “These alleys are tight, cozy, urban spaces that are unique to a downtown.”
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