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COSI, the city’s hands-on science center, could be getting a big upgrade.
A $5 million budget proposal from the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation will help COSI build a new, all glass corridor leading straight through their building to the riverfront.
The COSI building has been on the banks of the Scioto River for 20 years now (I know, it makes me feel old too) but it sort of acts as a barrier, preventing foot traffic from the area due to lack of access.
The new corridor will run through the middle of COSI and connect the two sides of the building together.
The new space will feature gardens as well as food and retail, adding to the COSI experience and bringing more people to the area. The 30,000 square foot space will connect a new park to the riverfront area.
The area has seen massive revitalization efforts over the course of the last decade. As Franklinton grows, more and more businesses and residents are considering the area and the effects a potential a thriving riverfront district could have.
“What we’ve learned Downtown is that connections are so important,” Amy Edwards Taylor, the chief operating officer for the Columbus Downtown Development Corp., told The Dispatch. “When people come down, they don’t just want to go to COSI. Now they have the opportunity to play in the new park that opened in November, or use the riverfront.”
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