An alley between the two structures is set to be converted to a landscaped courtyard featuring spirals from the Baum Building, a Venetian-style building that was torn down in the 1970s to make way for the Century Center Mall at Sheridan and Robinson Avenues.
The spiral was on display at the Santa Fe Garage out of public view and was damaged by vandals, but will be restored, said Chris Fleming, a partner in MidTown Renaissance.
“What we're coming down to is more of an aesthetic issue more than one of materials,” said design committee member Chuck Ainsworth. “I like it. I think it's very cool. It's very modern. You don't want to mirror what is next door.”