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James Rouse
Columbia Rouse Co. building for sale
Columbia Rouse Co. building for sale

The Howard Hughes Corp. has put the Rouse Company building in downtown Columbia's lakefront up for sale, according to company officials. The iconic Frank Gehry-designed building is in the midst of a $25 million renovation project to accommodate a 45,000 square-foot Whole Foods Market and a 27,000 square-foot wellness retreat run by the Columbia Association. John DeWolf, senior vice president with Howard Hughes Corp., said it was not in the developer's long-term plans to sell the 89,000 square-foot building, but that a flurry of inquiries from buyers persuaded them to put it on the market. "We are being a bit opportunistic," DeWolf said. "It's a pretty...