Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Broadway and Washington
A few months back, I wrote a post on the vacant lot next to the Missouri Athletic Club at the northeast corner of Broadway and Washington, and how I thought it would be ideal for construction of a new office building.
Here's an example of the type of building I would love to see on this site, the Cathedral Square Building in Milwaukee. Built in 2004 at a cost of $48 million, this 19-story mixed-use building features 220,000 sf of Class A office space, a parking structure, 25,000 sf of first floor retail space and 27 condos. Its anchor tenant is a major law firm.
It's a great-looking building, designed by the Chicago firm of Solomon, Cordwell, Buenz and Associates.
It amazes me that downtown has not added any new Class A buildings since Met Square was completed in 1989. Why wait for Ballpark Village when we could have something like this on a great site at Broadway and Washington? A building like Cathedral Square would fit in well there - as a point of comparison, 500 North Broadway (at the southeast corner of Broadway and Washington) is 22 stories tall. Firms like Armstrong Teasdale and Husch Blackwell would have made perfect anchor tenants.