The purpose of this Blog is discuss opinions and issues related to the planned 200 Renaissance Office Building at Colony Park... A 13-story office building and parking area.
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Q. Why couldn't the developer choose to build a 8 story property of the same class and statement for Ridgeland? If he has tenants lined up to fill up the entire 17 floors- isn't there plenty of land available along Highland Colony to construct 2 or 3 buildings instead of building it all in one?
Ans. That is a good question. Most people have not had the opportunity to learn and grasp the interrelationships and complexity of this development....but, here is quick attempt to explain:
These cream of the crop tenants all want to be at Renaissance........south of Steed.......so their employees can walk, not drive, to lunch, shopping, hotel, entertainment.......all at Renaissance retail. Plus, they all want to be together, all want to be in a prominent building, and all have a move-in timeframe that's similar (end of '09).
And, because of their caliber, we WANT TO ACCOMMODATE THEM.........for the good of the community, Ridgeland and Colony Park.
All of this, plus this is smart growth/good design. It's pedestrian friendly, it helps the environment (less pollution and gas consumption), kills fewer trees, calls for less infrastructure, doesn't spread traffic up and down the Parkway.........etc!
There is no more footprint room at the existing site for additional buildings..
Hope this helps! Bottom-line: This will be the biggest positive thing to happen to Ridgeland, our property values and our schools in the last 20 years or so.