Multiple Towers Proposed For 17-Acre Brewery District Site

An out-of-state developer wants to build a multi-tower mixed-use development in the Brewery District.

Wilmington, North Carolina-based Zimmer Development Co. has submitted early plans to the city for a project on a 17-acre plot of undeveloped land on the Whittier Peninsula, near the Scioto Audubon Metro Park.

In a statement, the developer said the project would occur in phases but is very early in the planning process. It’s working with architect NBBJ on the site.

Plans for the first phase of the project, though, are close to done. Zimmer plans to start with two towers in the seven to 12-story range, which would include 350 to 400 residential units, about 100,000 square feet of office space and 50,000 square feet of retail space, said Landon Zimmer, in-house counsel for the developer.

“We’re working on schematic plans and hopeful for a positive reception and to continue the process,” said Adam Tucker, director of development for Zimmer.

The overall project would have a mix of office, residential, retail and potentially a hotel, but the exact specifications of what will be built aren’t yet ready.

Images submitted to the city show several more towers in the project, including one that appears to rise more 20 stories, but the developer said those plans aren’t cemented and future phases will be designed in coming years according to the reception of the initial work.

“We will let some of the economy and market conditions dictate it,” Tucker said.

The land, a largely undeveloped parcel just south of the redeveloped 200,000-square-foot former Lazarus warehouse buildingĀ at 371 Maier Place, is today owned by CSX Transportation Corp.

The Brewery District Commission is scheduled to hear initial concepts for the project at a meeting Thursday night, but no action will be taken. The company has filed a zoning application and then must apply for permits, so the project is probably a year or two from starting work and three years from opening its first buildings.

Zimmer, established in 1989, has developed 250 projects in 140 cities totaling $3 billion, including 8 million square feet of retail space and 9,400 multi-family beds. It’s largely concentrated in the south, and this would be its first project in Ohio, according to its website.

“It’s a growing market, thee has been strong demand for office and housing and you see a number of large-scale home offices built downtown, we have a unique opportunity for someone who wants to create their own potential campus,” Tucker said of the company’s entry into Columbus.