Ainsworth told commissioners he is aware of the property’s prominent vista for visitors arriving downtown from Interstate 35 and Interstate 235.
He added he never considered housing as several residential projects already are being built elsewhere downtown.
“Downtown office space is getting into short supply,” Ainsworth said. “We do think some new office development is needed. There are large tenants out there knocking for space. We’re committed to doing something special. This is a gateway site. It will set the tone and expectation level for what to expect downtown.”