Washington Square enters final construction stages

By Jodi Schwan

Here’s a sign of how well things are going at Washington Square: The developers determined they no longer needed to stage a model condominium.

“We eliminated it when sales took off the way they did,” co-developer Chris Houwman said. “Seventy-five percent of the condos are under contract. We have a limited amount of space left on each floor.”

Residents mostly will begin moving into floors five through seven of the eight-story building on Main Avenue between 11th and 12th streets in February and March, he said.

The owners’ terrace is moving along well with construction on the top floor. It includes indoor seating with a double-sided fireplace and game area plus an expansive deck with panoramic views of the city.

The fourth floor, which is office space, is almost fully leased. Anchor tenant L.G. Everist is scheduled to move in by December.

Other tenants include Maroon Private Trust Co., which has an office in the CNA Surety building, and Vanguard Hospitality, owners of Minervas, Morrie’s Steakhouse and Grille 26.

“Most of the office is moving in by the first of the year,” Houwman said. “We’re about 90 percent leased.”

The remaining office space totals about 3,300 square feet.

This space could become an upscale bar.

The first floor has two spots still available. A 5,300-square-foot space is envisioned as a restaurant, with significant room for outdoor seating along Main Avenue.

“We have a couple people from out of state looking at that space,” Houwman said.

The remainder is an 800-square-foot spot that could be an upscale bar.

Parlour Ice Cream House is leasing 1,200 square feet. The new ice cream shop from CH Patisserie owner Chris Hanmer is scheduled to open in the spring.

As the building has come together, “the feedback has been extremely positive,” Houwman said. “The streetscape is getting a lot of comments, and now that we have tenants planning spaces and laying it out, designers coming in, architects coming in, there’s a lot of activity.”

The city and downtown community have been “absolutely wonderful to work with throughout this entire process,” he added. “And the quality of the contractor (Henry Carlson Co.) and how they managed the site also is one of the reasons it’s turning out the way it is, and the public is as excited as they are to have it downtown.”

 

Washington Square enters final construction stages

Here’s a sign of how well things are going at Washington Square: The developers determined they no longer needed to stage a model condominium.

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