Hundreds of acres surrounding Columbus Municipal Airport may be transformed into a recreational and business mecca — creating an Aerotropolis, as advocates are calling it.
Airport officials want to attract new stores, restaurants and service businesses to the 437-acre Columbus AirPark, off Central Avenue on the city's north side.
The AirPark is home to five college or university campuses, government offices and some businesses, surrounded by farm fields.
But airport director Brian Payne and the city's Board of Aviation Commissioners are considering major changes that would transform the rural area into a destination location for dining out, playing outside and exercise.
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