Cummins Opens Building in Downtown Columbus, But It’s Mostly Empty

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Diesel-engine manufacturer Cummins debuted its new office building in downtown Columbus last weekend. Hundreds came out to tour the structure, which was originally slated to house 500 of the company’s employees. But as WFIU’s Daniel Robison reports, since the Fortune 200 company has laid off thousands since the building started going up, there will be more open room on the facility’s four floors than originally planned.

Daniel Robison

Daniel started as WFIU's Assistant News Director in July 2008. He graduated with a B.A. in history in 2007 and earned an M.A. in journalism two years later. Daniel hosts Ask the Mayor weekly and the occasional Noon Edition. He also hosts Morning Edition on Thursdays, sleepily. Daniel's beats include everything News Director Stan Jastrzebski wants him to cover. And it feels strange to type biography of myself in the third person like this. So that's that.

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  • http://www.HoosierHistoryLive.info Molly Head

    Daniel, interesting story about downtown Columbus, which now looks pretty bizarre with the gutted out Commons! I used to live and work downtown there in the 70′s, and enjoyed the walk down to the C.B. (Columbus Bar) from my apartment on 6th and Franklin. My theory is that Cummins thought that putting its headquarters on 5th St. (near downtown) two decades ago would stimulate development downtown, but alas! Cummins workers would still not walk the 3 or 4 blocks to restaurants and shopping in “downtown Columbus.” So, now the new Cummins office building is to be right smack dab in the middle of what is to be (again) we hope The Commons. Perhaps now hundreds of office workers will now not mind walking “right out the door” to eat and shop.

    The biggest news for us aging baby boomers is the re-opening of Zaharako’s (1900 Greek-owned ice cream parlor) this June. Across from, what was, The Commons. There are all these posters around town saying “Save the Commons!” Sure hope someone or something can bondo all this together!

    Would love to have you guys carry our Hoosier History Live! show (it’s an independent production). We are trying to get it together to put it on prx.org Nelson Price is a proud I.U. grad, and he’s quite a trip, I must say! Best regards, Molly Head

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