Even before the Commons, Columbus’ downtown mall and gathering place, was torn down more than a year ago, plans to build its successor were in motion. But a city plan to borrow nine million dollars to build the structure was halted earlier this year by a remonstrance. That forced a petition drive, which started last weekend. In the first part of a two-part series, WFIU’s Daniel Robison tags along with the pro-Commons bunch as they try to out-petition the petitioners.
With the certification of 120 signatures by the Bartholomew County Clerk, Columbus petitioners have forced a remonstrance on the city’s Commons building project. All work on the development is now on hold. The anti-Commons drive needed 100 property owners or registered voters to sign on to their cause in order to create a 30-day signature-collecting […]
As the Bartholomew County Clerk tries to verify signatures on a petition trying to force a remonstrance on rebuilding the Commons, questions remain on what will happen if the remonstrance is successful. As WFIU’s Daniel Robison reports, the matter is foreign territory for most in the city.
With the submission of more than 130 signatures to the Bartholomew County Clerk early this week, Columbus citizen Mike Lovelace’s movement to stop the rebuilding of the Commons officially became the business of local government. WFIU’s Daniel Robison reports on the factions emerging in the anticipation of a signature contest that will eventually determine the shape of Columbus’ downtown.
A group of Columbus citizens is trying to collect one hundred signatures by February 23rd in order to force a remonstrance on the city's $18 million dollar restoration of its downtown Commons building. WFIU's Daniel Robison reports.
Columbus Mayor Fred Armstrong says the city will likely finish its downtown revitalization plan in 2009 despite shortfalls in the city's tax revenue.