Plans are moving ahead to demolish the former Golden Castings foundry property on 10th Street in Columbus despite a change in the potential new owners.
A previously planned development would have turned the western portion of the former foundry property into a assisted living facility for seniors with memory problems. However that plan fell through , said Carl Malysz, director of community development for the city. And without a developer in place, grants were put into jeopardy that were going to pay for the demolition to the hulk of a building left on the property and to clean up the rest of the lot.
However, Jonesboro Investments, the developers of an apartment complex on the eastern portion of the former foundry property are planning to build another apartment complex on remaining portion of the lot, Malysz told the Board of Public works and Safety on Tuesday.
Having a new developer in place allows the grants to still be used to clean up the property and demolition is expected to happen later this month, Malysz said.
The board of works was set to consider an order requiring the owner of the property, KLM National, to secure the property because of the dangers in the remaining-five story building. Malysz said firefighters have been called to the building and discovered evidence that people may have been squatting there and making drugs inside the abandoned building.