COLUMBUS (WCMH) –A newly proposed skyscraper will change the shape of the Columbus skyline.
The city made an announcement at 10am Wednesday to unveil the plans to build a 35-story tower and develop the surrounding area around the North Market.
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Market Blooms owner Marty McGreevy has been selling flowers in the North Market for decades. She is optimistic about big changes coming to the North Market area.
“Change needs to happen and I’m just going to embrace it,” she says.
Developers Wood Companies and Schiff Capital will invest $100 million. The 400-foot tall building will house retailers, restaurants, offices, and condos. The parking area for North Market patrons will be located in a garage under the structure.
“The density is very important,” says North Market Executive Director Rick Harrison Wolfe. “The more people we have right here in front of us, it’s more people that use this amenity. That’s more guests coming through the doors buying flowers or fresh fish.”
The current North Market building will be preserved. The project will utilize a two-story atrium to connect the new building to the current North Market. There will also be a 10,000-square foot expansion of the market and a new public outdoor plaza.
“That’s the one thing I really noticed with this project,” McGreevy says. “It has really enhanced and enlarged the community space. And that’s really important to me. I love being part of that.”
Proponents of the plan hope the mission of the market and its emphasis on small business will be incorporated into the newer building as well.
Project developers and city officials want additional public input and will sponsor a series of community forums beginning in May. Construction is slated to start during the spring of 2018 and be complete by the spring of 2020.
The plans call for removing the current surface lot outside the North Market. Instead, an underground parking lot will be built in its place, with parking dedicated only to people planning to shop, visit or work at the market.
There will also be a large outdoor plaza, giving extra room for warm weather farmers’ markets. The space could also serve as an entertainment venue.
There will also be the Grand Atrium. The glass-ceiling building will give additional space for the North Market to host activities, and could also allow for farmers’ markets to be held year round.
We envision an elegant, iconic tower, the silhouette of which will be one of the most recognizable in the Midwest. “Market Tower,” which will contain attractive offices and residences, offers a larger customer base for the North Market, along with space for expansion. Top notch amenities, such as restaurant, retail, and entertainment space; varied rooftop experiences, including lush, public gardens; and flexible event and community areas render this structure unparalleled in Columbus and truly unique to the region.
First Two Floors
The first two stories of Market Tower will be mixed use. There will be spaces for retail, restaurant, office and market space. There will be space for vendor stalls, places to host cooking classes, and many other ideas for artists or crafts-related businesses.
There will also be several levels of outdoor terraces, which can serve as outdoor spaces for restaurants and more.
While there will be some parking below grade, the third floor of the building will also serve as parking. This floor will also include a bridge connecting the third floor level to Convention Center Garage for additional parking.
Fourth and Sixth floors
These floors will both have a large outdoor roof terrace. There will be spaces for office tenants and restaurants. The sixth floor will clear the height of the Vine Street Parking garage, giving a dramatic view of the downtown skyline.
The seventh floor will include a private terrace for residents of the building. There will be a fitness area, space, club room and outdoor pool providing spectacular views of downtown Columbus.
The rest of the building will house apartments, including a number of penthouse units.
Construction is slated to begin in 2018 and should take about one year to complete.