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Downtown parking garage gains council approval

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The Dispatch wrote Downtown parking garage gains council approval

Monday, February 4, 2008

BY DEAN NARCISO

Additional parking is essential to keep business Downtown, and plans will move ahead to build it, Columbus City Council concluded tonight.

Council’s unanimous vote came a week after charges that an eight-story, 773-space parking garage at Front and Rich streets would depreciate adjacent commercial property owned by Ohio House Minority Leader Joyce Beatty and her husband, Otto Beatty Jr., a Downtown Commission member.

The couple didn’t attend tonight’s meeting. But council was responding to objections that the Beattys had raised at a Jan. 28 council meeting, which prompted the tabling last week of legislation to move ahead on the project.

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