Will developers face opposition to this 290-foot office tower in Cherry?

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Since it was announced, the office tower project at 3rd and Baldwin has gained some very positive reception. People generally like its design and the way it expands Uptown beyond the I-277 loop.

Now the project is set to be discussed with the community Tuesday, January 9 at 6 p.m. at CPCC’s Zeiss Building Auditorium 1106.

Here’s what will be part of the building:

  • 512,500 square feet of office space
  • 16,800 square feet of retail space
  • 240 room hotel

The project from NAI Southern Real Estate will be a block away from the Gold Line and should be finished around 2021.

Personally, I love the project. I think the design is outstanding. The height is fantastic, even this close to a neighborhood. And the ground floor is striking, adding retail and activity to complement the nearby Elizabeth restaurants. The tower will bolster the office market while providing much-needed hotel rooms in the area surrounding center city.

There will certainly be objections to the project, I have no doubt. Many people will say it is too tall for its location. But it is not a building located directly in a neighborhood, nor will it block the view of Uptown for anyone (for the most part). The building is beautiful and will offset the rather lackluster design of many of the nearby buildings.

Overall, I encourage people to head out to the community meeting to hear out the developer and hear the benefits of this project. Also, it’s not an apartment project, so there is that.

Parking during the meeting will be available in the parking deck on Elizabeth Avenue.

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Jason Thomas
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Development expert since 2015.