Renaissance Plaza Rendering
None of the parking for the Renaissance Plaza residential/retail complex proposed for 400 N. Columbus Boulevard will be visible from the street. Most of the parking will be wrapped in retail space and located partially below grade. FEMA requires the retail/residential portions of the building to be raised above the floodplain. Renaissance Plaza plans call for about 1,360 rental apartments, 72,000 square feet of retail space and 19,000 square feet of office space.
The team representing developer Waterfront Renaissance Associates – an affiliate of Carl Marks Real Estate – said code requires about one parking space for every three residential units. The additional spaces are for future shoppers, many of whom, the team said, will want to drive to the area.
CDAG Chairman and Northern Liberties Neighbors’ President Matt Ruben joked that the development hit a parking sweet spot: “Just little enough parking to make some of the residents around there nervous. And just enough parking to (tick) off some of the urbanists.”
CDAG had already supported the project, and voted to continue that support. However, the group asked that the developer put in writing a previously made and recently repeated verbal commitment to include the planned public open space and other landscaping in the first phase of development.