Monday, December 17, 2012

Downtown Fitness Club

The Howard Hughes Corporation and Columbia Association held a briefing this morning to announce that CA had signed a lease for a 27,000 square foot fitness facility on the ground floor of the former Rouse headquarters building in downtown Columbia. CA will join Whole Foods in the re-purposed office building once a major rehabilitation has been completed.

Extensive interior work on the Frank Gehry designed building is expected to begin next year and will include the removal of the entire third floor. Howard Hughes expects to turn the lake level space over to CA in early 2014 and CA expects the new facility to open in late summer/early fall of the same year. Howard Hughes is expected to relocate their offices to another building in downtown during the construction.

At the announcement this morning Ken Ulman pointed out that this building was the only building singled out in the Town Center redevelopment legislation for preservation.

This lease will effectively bring the iconic white building to full occupancy for the first time in over five years.
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