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Vets Oppose Plans for Memorial Building

COLUMBUS (Maria Durant/Kate Liebers) -- Franklin County Veterans continued their fight to save the Veterans Memorial in downtown Columbus.

Veteran group leaders gathered Friday to say the Franklin County Commissioners are ignoring them. 

These veterans have said they don't understand why the commissioners would want to tear down the building -- a building they says isn't losing the county money.

The group has said it agrees the building should be changed, but not destroyed.

Commissioners have previously expressed support for a plan that would replace the current building with a new, smaller structure. This plan, led by the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, would replace the building with an interactive museum and amphitheater.

The group of veterans, however, said they have come up with a plan that would renovate the building and keep all of its services in the same place.

"Our plan calls for the creation of 50,000 square feet of renovated space coupled with a theater, which would generate the dollars to sustain it," said William Goldman or the Veterans Memorial Board of Trustees.

The Franklin County Vets said they hope to get a public meeting with the commissioners before any final decision is made.




 
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