City seeking appraisals for 2 properties along State Street

Columbus Redevelopment Commission is considering purchasing two lots to improve pedestrian access as part of the State Street Revitalization Project.

The commission on Monday approved spending $1,700 for appraisals for 1411 and 1421 State St., which are near Stadler Drive.

The two rental properties owned by Keith Wilson are both .06 of an acre, said Heather Pope, city redevelopment director.

One house is 912 square feet, built in 1910, while the second house is 826 square feet, built in 1940. Wilson has indicated to city officials he would consider selling the properties, and Pope said that is why the city would need the appraisals to determine their value.

If purchased, the properties would be demolished and the general area improved to provide safe pedestrian access along the State Street Corridor, Pope said.

On the other side of State and Stadler streets is .22 acres of property already owned by the city of Columbus which is designated as greenspace, and will have benches and a landscaped area, Pope said.

The Haw Creek bridge leading into east Columbus on State Street, first phase of the State Street project, is being upgraded with pedestrian paths and decorative elements. A 10-foot walk path is being installed on the north side of the bridge at an estimated cost of $2.1 million, city officials said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.