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Nov. 03 2009

The Changing Face of Downtown Columbus

Downtown Columbus City Center Tear Down

It’s true. Being downtown, and in this case, right down the street from City Center, all of us at Origo Branding Company can see the landscape changing daily and it’s making way for exciting new transformations. City Center, once the gem of downtown Columbus, has been a big question mark for some time. And once it finally closed and moved to Capital South ownership in 2007, work began to find a solution for the 9-acre plot of land. So many have had ideas for the land, such as pulling in IKEA, Target or retail as it once was and these options have all been tested. But none of the ideas has proven to be viable.

So, we are now on our way to having a fabulous urban park, Columbus Commons. Not only will it have pebblestone walkways, Riviera seating, a grove and a grassy area but it will also offer the possibility of building offices or condos on the perimeters – and all by the end of next year. The design comes from the same people who revamped the very cool Bryant Park in NYC and the best part is that, because it will be built on top of the 950-spot City Center underground parking lot, it will always remain a park – for structural reasons!


Drawings of the future plans.

Take a hike to the southern end of downtown and check out the demolition. City Center has already been partially gutted (very strange) and the E. Rich Street side is showing major exterior demolition.

There’s so much to remove but just the thought of what’s to come, should make us all giddy with excitement!


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