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Redevelopment Commission Considers Plan on Leasing Commons Space

The Columbus Redevelopment Commission discussed how it would go about finding a tenant for the space inside the Commons at 310 Washington St. during its Monday night meeting.

The 5,500 square foot space was originally home to Scotty's Burger Joint, then Detour American Grille & Bar before the restaurant quietly packed up shop and left town earlier this year. The space is now being marketed by broker Brian Russell on behalf of the city.

Members of the commission discussed their wishes for the property and proposals for would-be tenants. The commission agreed that it wants to hear all proposals and not automatically eliminate anyone from contention. That said, commission members did place a number of conditions on future lessees. Among them, the requirement that the space must be open to socio-economic groups. Businesses must also "fit with the goals of the Arts District," according to a proposal read by Columbus Redevelopment Director Heather Pope. Commission attorney Stan Gamso told the body that an executive summary explaining those goals could be made available to those interested in pursuing the space.

One thing that was made clear during the meeting was that the commission will not simply go with the highest bidder. Before a final decision is made on who will occupy the space, the commission will look at candidates' finances, business history, reputation and references. The commission must also decide whether or not they want to break the space up. Pope said that area could be broken in to four separate spaces.

The commission indicated that it plans to start accepting proposals from interested bidders on Aug. 1. All bids are then scheduled to be opened on Oct. 21. A final decision would be made shortly thereafter.

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 7:46:27 AM

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