Commissioners OK Contract To Raze Vets Memorial

Franklin County Commissioners support a redevelopment contract that would demolish Veterans Memorial to make way for a new one that would include a museum.
Franklin County Commissioners support a redevelopment contract that would demolish Veterans Memorial to make way for a new one that would include a museum.

Franklin County Commissioners announced Tuesday they will support a contract that would lead to the demolition of Vets Memorial. The issue has been hotly contested by veterans.

In an email, Commissioner Marilyn Brown said she feels the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation’s plan is the “best way forward.”

Commissioners John O’Grady and Paul Brooks also gave their approval, Brooks called the move a “win-win” for the community.

The development corporation wants to redevelop the east Franklinton area. The plans include a residential and retail space, a new zoo attraction and a new veterans memorial and museum.

Many veterans have staunchly opposed the move. They have said they will have to find new locations for veterans services and meetings. But according to commissioners, the plans call for a designated meeting room for veterans use.

Under the terms of the lease, Franklin County would contribute no more than $3 million to the construction of the new memorial and museum.

The agreement is expected to be wrapped up next week.

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