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Tenant committee evaluates coffee shop for space in Commons


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Whether Dancing Goat Coffee opens a location in The Commons could be decided this month.

The coffee company wants to rent the 678-square-foot, quick-service food space formerly occupied by Snappy Tomato Pizza.

Owner Philip Roggow submitted a proposal to the Columbus Redevelopment Commission in May detailing his plan to move into the vacant space.

A six-member tenant review committee is examining Roggow’s proposal to see if it meets all the requirements for a Commons lease, said Heather Pope, the city’s redevelopment director.

Roggow said he is hopefully and patiently awaiting an answer from the committee.

Pope said the committee is using the same process the commission used when selecting Jordy McTaggart’s Grill and Pub to fill the space formerly occupied by Scotty’s and Detour American Grille & Bar. And the committee intends to have a

recommendation prepared for the redevelopment commission’s next meeting July 21, she said.

The space Dancing Goat Coffee wants to rent has been vacant since January, when the commission evicted Snappy Tomato Pizza for failing to pay its lease, utilities and late payment fees for all of 2013.

Snappy Tomato owed the commission $27,237.52, of which it ultimately paid $18,500 through a settlement offer with commission members.

The commission accepted the monetary loss so it could obtain immediate legal control of the property and begin searching for a new tenant.

That search yielded one result — Dancing Goat Coffee was the only business to submit a proposal to rent the vacant space.

Pope pulled together the tenant review committee to look over the application, and the committee originally was expected to have a recommendation by the commission’s June 16 meeting. That recommendation has been pushed back a month.

Committee members are interested in getting the space filled sooner rather than later, Pope said. They will take the necessary time to complete the process because they also want to make sure the tenant selected is the right option and one who will make a true investment in the community, she added.

Should the committee and redevelopment commission decide that Dancing Goat Coffee is the right option, Pope said, the coffee shop could open within a couple of months after negotiating a contract with the commission’s attorney, Stan Gamso, and going through the permitting process.

In the meantime, the city isn’t spending any money on the vacant space, Pope said, as all utilities have been cut off for the time being.

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