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Skyline Report: These downtown towers have the highest vacancy rates

These downtown towers have the highest vacancy rates

A new report from Colliers shows which downtown high-rise buildings have the most square footage available right now.

The latest edition of the firm's Skyline Report comes as the office market is heading toward a potential post-pandemic recovery, which real estate brokers say is likely based on leasing interest and business leaders' growing appetite to get workers back into the office.

Check out the slideshow with this story to see how much space is available in Columbus' downtown high-rises.

If those leaders opt for downtown space, they're likely to find plenty of recently or soon-to-be upgraded office options, as older towers seek to compete with new space coming online.

The Huntington Center, which underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation in 2019, just inked a 50,000-square foot lease with law firm Taft. (That deal is not reflected in the skyline report or the attached slideshow.)

Meanwhile, PNC Plaza is in the midst of a renovation, as developer Jeff Edwards is working to convert about half the 360,000-square-foot building to residential use, along with some ground-floor office and retail space.

The PNC plan reflects the continuing interested in mixed-use projects.

There are several mixed-use towers currently being built, including two by Edwards, and some buildings that were historically solely offices now include office space and other ground-floor amenities.

This mixed-use trend can be partially attributed to "flight to quality" when it comes to office space, in which many employers are seeking new or more amenitized office space to bring their employees back to the office.