Cummins expansion in Columbus

January 24, 2008
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Cummins BuildingCummins Inc. plans to build a four-story, 100,000-square-foot building as part of a revitalization of the old Commons Mall in Columbus. The project calls for demolishing much of the mall and replacing it with a new hotel, conference center and additional retail space. Indianapolis-based Dora Brothers Hospitality Corp. has nearly finished a new Hotel Indigo in the complex and also will build the new building for Cummins (shown here). Cummins is adding 500 employees to its roster of more than 5,000. The project was designed by Boston-based Koetter Kim & Associates and locally based CSO. What do you think?
  • its kind of ugly( thats just my thought) but it should help the area.
  • I wouldn't call it horrible, but it is just kind of blah. I really think that a few minor design changes could really make great deal of improvement.
  • Gee, it looks like something that might get built in Indianapolis, which is a shame given Columbus' rich architectural history.
  • It is impossible to judge from this size of an image. Judging from their portfolio, they do some very finely detailed, well composed buildings. This rendering does not prove those merits in of itself, but does not make it impossible by any stretch.
  • At first glance, it seems to grab and expand upon themes and proportions from the Irwin Union Bank and Cummins HQ which are both nearby. As anhe says, it's hard to tell from this rendering.
  • Cory.
    Thanks for giving Columbus a little pub. It's kind of different working down here. On the one hand, there is some fantastic architecture. On the other, you're definitely still in Southern Indiana.

    Situated almost perfectly mid-way between Indy and Louisville, you could almost see people living in Columbus and commuting to either city. And trust me, an hour of driving 75 on open highway is a heckuva lot better than sitting for an hour in gridlock.

    But for all the expansion in this city (there's actually a thriving housing market here, fancy that), there is distinct lack of quality eating establishments. Texas Roadhouse is seriously considered as a good night out.

    So if there are any restaurateurs looking to start up a new business, or expand a small local chain, please consider Columbus. I'm tired of eating at a NASCAR-themed diner for lunch every day!
  • Nice expansion for Cummins. Anything for Sieman's?!
  • Obviously, 'Athens' has moved from Greece to south central Indiana.
  • Bradshaw, maybe you can persuade Yats to open up a shop there. I'm surprised that the Tony Stewart DQ is still the only thing downtown, since Cummins HQ is there.

    I commuted to Columbus from Indy for a year or two. It wasn't too bad a drive, but that was a long time ago.
  • Helen, if you think that's ugly, you should see the mall that it's replacing.
  • Thundermutt,

    Would LOVE to get a Yats in downtown!

    Admittedly I don't know their financial situation at all, but it almost seems as if they are expanding a little overaggressively. I don't want them having to close down shops a la Dick's Bodacious BBQ.

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  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

  5. Please consider a couple of economic realities: First, retail is more consolidated now than it was when malls like this were built. There used to be many department stores. Now, in essence, there is one--Macy's. Right off, you've eliminated the need for multiple anchor stores in malls. And in-line retailers have consolidated or folded or have stopped building new stores because so much of their business is now online. The Limited, for example, Next, malls are closing all over the country, even some of the former gems are now derelict.Times change. And finally, as the income level of any particular area declines, so do the retail offerings. Sad, but true.