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Three Public Meetings Planned To Discuss Government Center Future

Mon, Feb 11, 2019
Three public meetings are planned to discuss plans for renovating or re-constructing the Columbus Government Center.

COLUMBUS, GA: A Columbus landmark has began to show its age and as problems with the structure become more evident city leaders are looking for ways and community input on what the best course of action would be to remedy the problems at the Columbus Government Center in downtown.

The Columbus Government Center is a symbolic representation of the city of Columbus. The 160-foot 13-story tower is the second tallest structure in the city falling only behind the 246-foot tall Aflac tower in Midtown. The tower sits well above the other structures of Downtown Columbus. The building located at 100 10th Street in Columbus was completed in 1973 and designed by the architectural firm Biggers, Scarbrough, Neal, Crisp & Clark E. Owen Smith.

In recent years, the Columbus Government Center began to show what more than four decades of use can do to a building. Problems with the structure including burst pipes and flooding closed several floors of the structure last year. Problems have also risen with the facility including electrical and elevator issues.

The city of Columbus has proposed several options to remedy the problems with The Government Center. Those have included a demolition of the building and replacing it with a new structure or renovating the massive structure. Renovation of The Government Center has been viewed as an extremely costly remedy. The cost is mainly due to the fact of the building was designed with building designs of the early 1970’s in mind.

Before moving with any major action on The Government Center the city of Columbus is seeking public input on the structure. The city is hosting three public meetings to discuss ideas and options for the study of the Columbus Government Center’s plans for renovations or new construction. The city encourages residents to attend one of the upcoming meetings.

According to a release from the city of Columbus the first will be held at the Citizen Services Center Building in Council Chambers on Monday February 11, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. That is located at 3111 Citizens Way in Columbus. The second meeting will come a day later on Tuesday at the Salvation Army Community Center located at 5201 Warm Springs Road in Columbus from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The final public meeting will be held next Monday at Faith Worship Center located at 1600 Blanchard Boulevard from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Residents are encouraged to bring their cell phones with them to the meetings. The city has announced they will be needed for voting at the meetings.

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