City officials ponder use of property at Second and Lafayette

Columbus officials continue to ponder the best use of just over 10 acres at Second Street and Lafayette Avenue. Heather Pope is the city’s director of redevelopment.


During Monday’s meeting of the redevelopment commission, members debated the demand and viability of a hotel and conference center and if that would be the best use of the property. Pope says discussion on getting a feasibility study for the area is being done in conjunction with other stakeholders, including the Columbus Area Visitors Center and those involved in the “Envision Columbus” study.


Envision Columbus is described by city officials as a strategic development plan that will address the traditional commercial area of downtown Columbus, as well as nearby neighborhoods and parks. The first public meeting is set for 6 p.m. on April 23rd at City Hall. You are invited.

No official action was taken during Monday’s redevelopment commission meeting. The body is expected to discuss the issue further at its next meeting in May.