Coup at Columbus City Center

by Maureen McCabe on September 27, 2007

I heard breaking news that the City of Columbus had taken over City Center just before noon today…  I thought Channel 6 News said the lot on the corner of Rich Street and High Street was being bought by the city for $2.88 Million and was part of the redevelopment plans.  

Within a day or 20 days or so … (by October 15) Columbus City Council will get to read the ordinance that was created yesterday or today in negotiations.  The city was to meet the malls managers in court today. 

Columbus Business First story by Matt Burns says:

“Mayor Michael Coleman said Thursday that the city and Capitol South Community Urban Redevelopment Corp. have reached a tentative agreement with mall owners Simon Property Group Inc. and General Motors Pension Trust to take control of the shopping center Oct. 31, with the city paying $2.8 million for an adjacent parcel that once housed the Centrum ice rink.”

The Columbus Dispatch online has a great slideshow of the City Center site before, during and since the decline of the mall.  An article by Mike Pramik on the Columbus Dispatch site “City Center might close once Macy’s leaves”

We won’t know what the plans are for six months?  It won’t be a mall.  It won’t be demolished (great parking!!)  I walked through City Center on Tuesday.  I parked at City Center.  I have probably not been in City Center for 5 years.  I don’t shop at  Polaris, Tuttle or Easton much either though.   

City Center on Tuesday about 12:30?  Empty.  I cut through Macy’s.  Empty.

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