Spring Groundbreaking for Regional Commerce Center

 

The Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce intends to break ground this spring on a new three-story Regional Economic Commerce Center in downtown Cedar Rapids, with completion expected in early 2011. The modern, glass building will replacing the current bland, one-story Chamber of Commerce office at the corner of First Ave and 5th Street NE.

The new economic center was first proposed back in March as a 60,000 square foot, six-story building to house the chamber, convention and visitors bureau, and a number of other commerce-related organizations under one roof. Instead it will be built as a 30,000 square-foot, three-story building. The overall design appears to stay the same, simply reduced to three stories.

Despite the downsize, this is still a positive change for downtown. With the proposed convention center development and upgrades to the US Cellular Center, along with renovations currently underway at Theatre Cedar Rapids, this area along First Avenue through downtown should be seeing some major improvements over the next few years.

> Gazette: Regional Commerce Center close to ‘go’

2 Comments

  1. Cedar Rapids actually pursuing some remotely interesting architecture? I’m amazed…

  2. Brady Dorman

    November 26, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Novak Design Group is the architect. I’m kind of interested to see how much the actual building will look like the initial rendering. It appears like they took inspiration from the existing Chamber building with the jagged facade along 5th Street.

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