From the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association – Where Every Story Has Three Sides
Meeting with the LHENA Z&P Board in March, Ackerberg Group representative, Thatcher Imboden presented an update on MoZaic Phase I: what is done, what is left and the next step for Phase II.
MoZaic is a mulitiple-phase project hat was first proposed in 2005. The first phase of the project was completed in 2012 that included a 10-story building containing 65,000 square feet of office, 436 public parking stalls and 11,000 square feet of retail space located just north of Lagoon Avenue at Girard Avenue. The first phase of the project added a new access point to the Midtown Greenway trail with a pedestrian/bike bridge at Girard Avenue that connects the MoZaic Art Park, which contains over a dozen art installations, to the LHENA residential neighborhood to the north. The MoZaic Art Park provides a public gathering space to the few that currently exist in Uptown.
The next phase of MoZaic will replace a surface parking lot located on the west side of Fremont Avenue just north of Lagoon Avenue. The project will primarily contain office space, although the final mix of uses is still being analyzed. The project will expand public amenities as part of the next phase, but very little retail. The office space offering comes on as Ackerberg notes success filling the MoZaic building and wanting to continue that trend by luring more daytime business to Uptown.
Additional plans for Phase II will improve the east-west connection through the area and could also include a bike center with lockers and showers.
The MoZaic site also contains the Lagoon Theater, which has a footprint of 16,800 square feet. When asked about the future of the Lagoon Theatre, Imboden said that Ackerberg is hoping to keep them but won’t know until they get further along in the site planning stage.
A very rough timeline depends on the extent of pre-leasing for the project. Ackerberg is hoping to present some more ideas at the April neighborhood meeting. Then they are hoping to receive city and neighborhood approval by this summer and begin construction as early as the end of 2013 to early 2014.