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Old Posted Oct 26, 2017, 11:24 AM
BrianTH BrianTH is offline
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A large office complex (with some ground-floor retail and parking) is in the works for the former Ayoob properties in the Strip:

Aaron Stauber, Rugby president, stressed Wednesday that plans for the complex are “very preliminary” but added it is the kind of development needed in the Strip, which is becoming a hub for tech companies and others. “For the Strip District, it’s large,” he said of the proposed development. “That’s the point. There’s a need for this in the Strip District.” Plans call for a 420,000-square-feet development that would include 380,000 square feet of office space, 40,000 square feet of retail, and a 1,000-space parking garage. “It’s not set in stone, those numbers, but it definitely reflects the overall concept,” Mr. Stauber said. The complex would be built on a four-acre tract bordered by 21st and 23rd streets, and Smallman and Railroad streets.
More office seems like a complementary use in this spot, with all the residential going along the river and the thriving retail district over on Penn. It is also a visually important spot as it will close off the gap next to the St. Stanislaus, finishing off the "square" around the Produce Terminal on that side. So in that context, this sounds somewhat promising:

Mike Lee, president and board chairman of Strip District Neighbors, said the community group has been working with Rugby and Al. Neyer to make some changes to the project. It has some concerns about the scale and size of the development in relationship to the produce terminal and the St. Stanislaus Kostka Church and has asked the developers to take a look at that, Mr. Lee said. “The design itself looks awesome. They really have taken the time to make it look like it’s part of the Strip with the colors and the materials, so we are very pleased with that,” he said.
The NIMBYism about the scale is frustrating, but hopefully the design in context is in fact awesome.

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