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Four restaurants submitted bids to take over all, or part, of the vacant retail space in The Commons.
Columbus Redevelopment Commission accepted the bids for a family restaurant, an Irish pub, a coffee shop and a smoothie store at the commission’s Monday night meeting.
The 5,511-square-foot space on Washington Street was first occupied by Scotty’s Burger Joint and later Detour American Grille & Bar, but has been vacant since March.
Most of the details of the proposals were kept confidential, but commission attorney Stan Gamso made some broad details public as the commission opened the bids.
What: Consideration of proposals to fill vacant retail space in The Commons.
Next: City tenant review committee will meet Monday to discuss proposal and will meet Oct. 30 with potential tenants. The meeting will not be open to the public.
November: Committee will make a recommendation to the Columbus Redevelopment Commission at its regular meeting on Nov. 18 or at an earlier, special meeting that has yet to be scheduled.
City Council: If the proposal is for more than $25,000 a year, it must be approved twice by Columbus City Council. Although that would normally be at two meetings, council could waive its rules and give both approvals in one meeting to speed the process.
The bids were accepted and were sent to a tenant selection committee that will be led by Robert Abrams, a non-voting member of Redevelopment Commission representing the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. board. Abrams said the committee, made up of members of the City Council, Commons Board and Redevelopment Commission chose him as president because he would not have a vote in the final approval.
The committee intends to meet Monday to go over the initial proposals and then meet again Oct. 30 with each of the bidders. Heather Pope, director of the redevelopment commission, said the committee might have a recommendation after the Oct. 30 meeting. The winning proposal or proposals would then have to be approved by the Redevelopment Commission and, assuming the contract is for more than $25,000 a year, by two votes of City Council.
Commission members and representatives of the companies said they hoped the process could be sped up, to fill the space as soon as possible.
Redevelopment Commission member Frank Jerome, who also serves on City Council, suggested, for example, that the Redevelopment Commission could make its approval in a special meeting rather than waiting until its regular November meeting. And, City Council could waive its rules and approve the contract in a single meeting instead of two, Jerome said.
The four proposals were represented by two companies. Tara Board, commercial agent for Breeden Inc., offered the Arni’s and Commons Coffee Bar proposals, while Laura DeDomenic, a Realtor with F.C. Tucker/Scott Lynch Group, offered the Irish pub and smoothie bar proposals.
DeDomenic and Board said after the meeting that they fully supported Jerome’s proposal to speed up the process.
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