Columbus is getting a new 25-story shrine to America's greatest generation, which craves "live-work-play environments."
The Columbus skyline is set to become a little bit taller and a little more contemporary in design in 2018. Local developer Arshot Investment Corporation announced today plans to construct a new 25-story 400,000 square foot building at the southwest intersection of Front Street and Rich Street in the RiverSouth district in Downtown Columbus.
The new building — which is being dubbed “Millennial Tower” — is being called a “technology-centric” mixed-use building that will house 180,000 square feet of office space, 40,000 square feet of retail space that tentatively includes a grocery store, a 600-space parking garage, and both for-rent apartments and for-sale condominiums geared toward Millennials.
“We have experienced a paradigmatic shift in the market,” said Arshot principal Bill Schottenstein in a press release issued this morning. “Young professionals are actively seeking ‘live-work-play’ environments and these creative-minded professionals are gravitating towards urban, walkable environments that are active and transit-friendly, with open and collaborative work spaces and residences in close proximity to great parks and restaurants. Millennial Tower will be the first building in Downtown Columbus to fully embrace and integrate these concepts, and it will be a bold and visually stunning addition to the Columbus Skyline.”
Like me, you might be worried about the vision of a man who uses phrases like "paradigmatic shift in the market," but there's no denying it will be a bold choice among Columbus' otherwise bland skyline.
Here's a rendering, which doesn't always look like the final product:
I don't hate it, even if the giant TV screens seem like a bit of a stretch. How will this look 30 years from now? That's a question left for someone wiser than me.