In these first two segments, we’re going to learn about Jerrie Mock—and about local artists who helped commemorate the 50th anniversary of her pioneering flight around the world.
City Center to be Demolished
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City leaders say they hope to replace the City Center mall with a combination of a park, rental housing, offices, shops and restaurants.
The virtually empty mall will close March 5 and demolition would begin in May.
The first phase of the project depends on federal stimulus money. Mayor Michael Coleman has applied for $32 million for development in the riverfront district.
He says $15 million of that will pay for the city center demolition and the construction of a 9 acre park.
“We’re asking for federal dollars,” he said. “That’s where we start and that’s what we need. The project is $15 million for this and we’re asking for $15 million.”
The rest of the $165 million Columbus Commons project would be privately funded.
Coleman says it will take endurance to complete the project, which includes 5-10 years of market-driven redevelopment after the park area opens in the fall of 2010.
“For all those who believe that there’s a magic wand, there isn’t,” Coleman said. “This is a marathon, not a sprint.”
The city center parking garage – and its 45-hundred spaces – will remain..