Last year, real-estate developer and art collector Ron Pizzuti opened the doors to the Pizzuti Collection in the Short North, a venue at which to showcase his vast art collection. After purchasing his first piece of art in 1972, he has since amassed more than 1,500 works by artists ranging from Frank Stella to Ai [...]
Panel Approves City Center Mall Demolition
Listen to the Story
The Columbus Downtown Commission’s approval allows the city of Columbus to issue a demolition permit to the Capitol South Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation. Chairman of the Downtown Commission Stephen Wittmann says the building is unusable, and re-purposing the structure would be too costly.
“You know, lamentably, there’s a large amount of square footage of building there that, frankly, is only 20 years old. And clearly, in a sense, it’s a shame to see that go away. But I think what you have to do is look forward and say, What is the opportunity?’” says Wittmann.
Demolition is expected to begin in early October and finish in the summer of 2010, and the green space could be open to the public by the end of 2010. The owners of the mall say the building will be systematically dismantled, allowing the underground parking garage to remain open throughout the demolition.
The estimated cost of the demolition is $15 to 20 million. Capitol South and the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation plan to contribute $15 million. They are still seeking additional funds from federal, state, and local grants.