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Scotty's offered deal to settle dispute

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The Columbus Redevelopment Commission has decided to pay $21,021 to the owner of Scotty's Burger Joint in order to gain complete, public control of all four retail leases in The Commons, another step toward killing the private company that approved the leases.

Unpaid costs related to the construction of the space for Scotty's, near Fourth and Washington Streets in The Commons, have been unresolved for more than a year. Mert Shipman, Scotty's owner, has been asking for the remaining amount that he has not been reimbursed from initial cost overruns of $46,303.

Terms of the construction, which included allowing Shipman to use his own construction firm to do the work, were agreed to through Columbus Downtown Inc., the private company that was created during former Mayor Fred Armstrong's administration. CDI's role was to acquire property, negotiate deals and assign leases on behalf of the redevelopment commission.

See more details in Wednesday's Republic

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