Mayor Jim Lienhoop wants Columbus residents to know the city wouldn’t be what it is today without dependable partners. But to find dependable partners, he said, you have to be a dependable partner.
Lienhoop’s State of the City address Thursday circled through to the Columbus partnerships that contribute to the city’s strong economy, commitment to tackling substance abuse and proposed infrastructure improvement projects.
The address took place Thursday at FairOaks Mall, drawing an estimated crowd of more than 250 people to the near-vacant space. The mayor chose the mall location for a reason — so local residents could understand the need for something to be done with the facility, whose time as a shopping center is completed.
“This building was built in the 1980s,” Lienhoop said. “At that time, enclosed regional shopping malls and brick and mortar retail establishments were growing.”
Lienhoop said it was a point of pride for cities to attract a facility like Fair Oaks Mall and the brand that followed. “My, how times have changed,” he said.
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