Edwards Cos. plans a 15-story downtown tower with rooftop pool and bar

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COLOMB (COLOMB BUSINESS PREMIER) – Developer Edwards Cos. wants to continue to fill the holes along the main arteries of Columbus.

Meyers + Associates Architects presented the concept plan for a 15-story mixed-use infill to be located at 100 N. High St. to the Downtown Commission on Tuesday morning. Edwards is the developer and Eclipse Real Estate Group owns the site.

The development would include 152 apartment units ranging from studios to two-bedroom units with restaurant or other commercial uses on the ground floor. A car park with nearly 400 spaces will also be set up under the building. There is no price tag available for the project yet.

“Designing a building on the High Street in Columbus is a huge responsibility,” said Chris Meyers, director of Meyers + Associates.

There are also plans to improve the streetscape along High Street in front of the building. Meyers said there will be a rooftop layout with a pool, fitness center and bar or restaurant for residents to enjoy.

“The idea is to pull you to the top,” Myers said.

Some neighbors have expressed concerns about the project. Several residents of the Atrium Lofts next door sent emails about the new 186-foot-tall development casting a large shadow over their building’s skylight.

In an effort to address some of these concerns, Meyers + Associates’ plans include a courtyard above the parking lot next to the Atrium Lofts skylight, so that the building’s projected shadow does not block natural light in the building. ‘Atrium Greniers. Meyers + Associates also conducted a solar study on the potential building, which showed that the building’s projected shadow at different times of the day would not cover the entire skylight of the Atrium Lofts.

Commissioners applauded the design and said it was a good way to boost density on the High Street.

“Filling this hole is good for the city”, said the commissioner Bob loverside.

The architects said the development will be built in seven different phases. The design team and the developer will have to confirm the building plans and then come back to the commission for a certificate of suitability. Meyers + Associates said they plan to return in September.

The project is one of several works in the area for Edwards Cos. The ultimate goal is that many of these projects are interconnected.

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