FairOaks committee works toward finding design firm for mall project

A design firm with a vision to transform the fading FairOaks Mall into a year-round recreational and sports tourism complex will likely be chosen late this spring.

Requests for development proposals from the FairOaks Community Development Corp.’s Design Committee are being sent out this week, committee members said.

Most of the six firms who are being invited to submit development proposals have worked extensively on recreation and wellness centers, said committee chairman Mark Levett. But a few are more broad-based design firms with impressive credentials, he said.

The design firms will be asked to include parks and recreation facilities, an indoor sports field, and health and wellness activities provided by Columbus Regional Hospital in their proposals for the mall property.

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