Cross Country Plaza Update
Many MidTown residents have raised questions and concerns about buildings on the upper level of Cross Country Plaza and their proposed conversion to storage facilities. We want to share with you what we know at this time. In conversations with John Lundeen, CEO of Coro Realty, he provided the following details:
The ownership of Cross Country Plaza is pursuing converting three buildings located on Auburn Avenue to high quality climate control self-storage facilities. Ownership will work with a local Columbus partner that specializes in self-storage projects.
The buildings that would be included in the conversion are 200 Auburn Avenue, now vacant; 300 Auburn Avenue, now partially occupied by New Leaf Consignment and UPS; 400 Auburn Avenue, now partially occupied by Tuesday Morning.
Tuesday Morning will relocate in October into a larger space in the Macon Road side of the Cross Country Plaza near Sally’s Beauty Supply, Pet Supermarket and Foot Locker. Ownership is working with New Leaf Consignment and other tenants to relocate into other parts of [Cross Country].
The managers of the [self-storage] Venture will be Artisan Properties, Inc., which include Fred Rickman, Tracy Spencer, Joe West and William Dawahare, local residents of Columbus, GA. They will work with the existing ownership to create a quality project designed to meet the needs of the Midtown Columbus community. Artisan Properties is known for developing quality self-storage projects throughout the Middle Georgia area.
These buildings will retain their existing appearance and continue to be a part of the overall Cross Country Plaza project. An architectural firm is being retained to upgrade the exterior appearance of the buildings. Larry French will be retained to assist with the landscape and streetscape design for the project. Screening is planned adjacent to nearby residential areas.
Cross Country Plaza ownership and this new Venture will be working closely with the City of Columbus and seek guidance from MidTown, Inc. to assure the quality of this project is in keeping with the local community.
Current zoning allows for the development of the proposed project. Coro Realty would not need to seek rezoning.
If your thoughts go immediately to blue metal units with individual garage doors, this isn’t it. The plan that the owner’s propose would largely maintain/enhance the appearance of the existing buildings.
We will share additional information as it is available.