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25-story tower proposed for RiverSouth downtown

 

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A Columbus developer is proposing a 25-story "vertical city" in downtown's RiverSouth district, complete with 10 floors of condominiums and apartments primarily targeted at millennials.

 

Arshot Investment Corp. said its Millennial Tower would incorporate retail, office, residential and entertainment uses in 400,000 square feet towering above Scioto Mile riverfront park. It called the project an "integrated vertical city tailored to the unique urban fabric of Columbus’ revitalized downtown."

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/05/10/25-story-tower-proposed-for-riversouth-downtown.html

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Seven floors of parking for 600 cars because Millennials are so in love with driving. Pardon me for being curmudgeonny, but this looks like something drafted by a Marketing Department that read an article about Millennials and decided to build a playground for them.

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Please approve this plan contingent on the condition that they do not stick with the name "Millennial Tower."

 

They could develop a "Year 2000" theme throughout. Have Limp Bizkit play over the speakers

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This article from yesterday's Business First suggests that the large electronic display boards proposed to cover the internal parking levels on floors 3 thru 8 of the Millennial Tower might be a tough sell to the City's Downtown Commission:  http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/05/23/millennial-tower-s-giant-electronic-billboard.html

 

I'm not sure that's correct.  Only city staff voiced concerns in the article, not any commission members, who review the project today.  But we'll see if any reports from today's Downtown Commission meeting show any concerns about the electronic display boards.

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^ Also, according to the plans submitted to the Downtown Commission, here is the floor by floor organization of the Millennial Tower:

  • Subgrade: 85 parking spaces

  • Floors 1-2: 40,000 square feet of retail

  • Floors 3-8: 515 parking spaces

  • Floors 9-14: 180,000 square feet of offices

  • Floor 15: Conference center, fitness facility, pool, sun deck, dog park

  • Floors 16-25: About 100 residential units in a mix of apartments and condos

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This article from yesterday's Business First suggests that the large electronic display boards proposed to cover the internal parking levels on floors 3 thru 8 of the Millennial Tower might be a tough sell to the City's Downtown Commission:  http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/05/23/millennial-tower-s-giant-electronic-billboard.html

 

I'm not sure that's correct.  Only city staff voiced concerns in the article, not any commission members, who review the project today.  But we'll see if any reports from today's Downtown Commission meeting show any concerns about the electronic display boards.

 

Okay, here's CU/Walker's report from today's Downtown Commission meeting: http://www.columbusunderground.com/millennial-tower-review

 

And apparently, there is a concern about the electronic display boards:

 

From the above linked CU article:  "Nearly every commission member was in agreement that the large video display boards were an issue that needs further resolution before the project moves forward."

 

- “We want to avoid having more billboard space,” said Commissioner Kyle Katz.

 

- “It’s way overboard on video graphics,” echoed Commission Chair Stephen Wittmann.

 

- “That’s a high definition TV,” said Commissioner Mike Brown. “Even if the brightness is turned down, they’re still huge. If I were living anywhere around it, I’d be buying blackout blinds right now.”

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Change the name and re-do the video boards to something like the ad space on the side of the parking garage at the corner of Natonwide and Front.  There are some simple designs on the west side of it that cover up the garage (if that's what they're going for).

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Would a living wall work in such a scale instead of a video wall?

 

Love the proposal, though the parking and video board I think are a tad much. Hopefully with some fine tuning a truly great building will rise from the ground there.

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Yeah, those video boards look like they'd be huge. 

 

Also don't quite get the name.  If they stick with Millennial Tower, I demand that someone build a Gen X Tower nearby to complement it.  Give it some sort of plaid design. 

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Would a living wall work in such a scale instead of a video wall?

 

Love the proposal, though the parking and video board I think are a tad much. Hopefully with some fine tuning a truly great building will rise from the ground there.

 

I'm sure they could come up with something. While these aren't office towers, they show how greenery can be used to dress up parking garages:

 

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When it comes to green or living walls, I am going to need to see some examples of large scale green living walls in temperate climates like Central Ohio-and at different times of the year. I can't think of anything that would not die out naturally by going dormant, or brownout from cold or windburn in our climate, so the green wall would be a dead looking brown wall much of the year-and possibly the dead growth could be a fire hazard.

 

I know they work in warmer climates, and those two pics look like a much warmer climate than here-notice the palm trees in once of the pics. Even the hardiest everygreen cover like English Ivy might brown out in a large vertical exposed setting.

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It's BAAAAAAAAACK!!!

 

Office Leasing Team Selected for Millennial Tower

 

Arshot Investment Corporation announced today that Colliers International has been selected to lease the office portion of Millennial Tower, the first sign of life for the project since it was first announced in May of last year.

 

After an initial hearing before the Downtown Commission, the project has not been back before the board, leading to speculation about its future. Today’s announcement seems to confirm that it is still an active project, and that efforts to lease 157,000 share feet of office space in the proposed building are underway.

 

More below:

http://www.columbusunderground.com/office-leasing-team-selected-for-millennial-tower

 

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Millennial Tower making pitch for office tenants: 'We think we’re positioned pretty well'

 

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The ambitious plan for a 24-story, mixed-use tower in downtown Columbus is moving forward.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/04/04/millennial-tower-making-pitch-for-office-tenants.html

 

Does this article give any additional details to what is in the CU article?

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^One down the street in Pittsburgh:

 

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...and was this pic taken in December of February? They look good I think during the warmer months. If that is indeed a pic from late Fall to early Spring, then I am impressed.

 

And good news on ANY news on this tower. Now what about theNorth Market tower proposals? *taps foot impatiently*

 

 

*actually since I missed this first posting and I look more at it, I can see where this could look good through the year-especially if they did seasonal stuff on parts of it that 'browned out'. Breaking it up into smaller tall panels like this one would be good idea too. They could alternate panels with green living walls with other panels that had other things.

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2 things... height is already being reduced and I remain very wary about Arshot being involved with their track record of announcing big projects only to see them completely disappear after several years of "updates".  I don't have much hope for this one and won't believe it until there's a crane on site and steel is going up.

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It seems the tower may still have hope...

 

Millennial Tower Delayed.... but not Dead

 

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/05/10/a-year-later-24-story-millennial-tower-delayed-but.html

 

Millennial Tower may be off schedule, but it is apparently still very much alive.

A year to the day since Arshot Investment Corp. unveiled the high rise planned for downtown’s RiverSouth area, no progress has been made to clear the project with the city’s development review body, much less put a shovel in the ground. That could soon change, said Daniel Thomas, Columbus’ urban design manager.

 

“They’re making a preliminary request about coming in (for project review) and it might be June, it might be July,” he told me. “The expectation right now is that they’ll be coming in soon."

 

Millennial Tower is not on this month’s Downtown Commission meeting agenda.

Thomas said he has not seen updated designs since the developer last May outlined the “vertical city” with retail, office, residential and entertainment uses in 400,000 square feet towering above Scioto Mile riverfront park. It was initially described as a 25-story building, but appears to have been revised to 24 stories, according to an announcement last month that identified Colliers International Group Inc. as the office leasing manager.

 

Last May's proposal was generally well-received by commissioners, apart from a large video board wrapping around the tower.

 

Asked in April about the likelihood of Millennial Tower being built, Colliers’ Daniel Dunsmoor said,

“We wouldn’t be working on this project if it wasn’t very real."

 

Here's to hoping this turns out better than their past projects. I'll hold excitement however till I see crews on site.

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