HOK’s Chris Lamberth on Making Sports-Oriented Mixed-Use Work
At an Urban Land Institute meeting, Chris Lamberth of HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice talked about planning successful sport-oriented mixed-use developments.
Lamberth noted that a “critical mass of retail amenities and people — residents, daytime workers and visitors” was instrumental in the success of the Nationwide Arena District, which “attracts 2.75 million visitors annually.”
“Breaking ground in 1998, Columbus’s 75-acre Arena District—the brainchild of Columbus-based Nationwide Realty Investors—is a recreation destination with 300,000 square feet (28,000 sq m) of retail, restaurants, and entertainment venues around Nationwide Arena, which is home to the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets and Triple-A affiliate Columbus Clippers baseball team.”
“Lamberth explained that the retail amenities generated density throughout the Arena District, connected it to the city’s central business district (CBD) and catalyzed revitalization of the CBD. At present, commercial and residential occupancy is at 90 percent in the Arena District and 80 percent in the CBD.”