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Richter Worker's Memorial Park being demolished?

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    Analogue Kid
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    Walking by today I noticed workers tearing up the pocket park on the corner of Front and Long. I’m kind of ticked to see a park being removed, and it also had historical markers and memorials for many people involved in the labor movement or killed in the line of duty. Why is the city getting rid of this park when there is such a lack of green space in the area? I know organized labor is seen kind of unfavorably these days, but this seems a bit excessive.

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    Digital Dave
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    I’d be willing to bet its only temporary.

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    heresthecasey
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    The site the park sits on and the neighboring structure are being cleared to build a new city office building. Here are the relevant meeting notes from the Art Commission,

    “CAC Application #13-04-04
    Project: Removal of Richter Workers Memorial Park
    Location: 117 N. Front Street (southwest corner of Long Street and Front Street)
    Applicants: City of Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks and Department of Finance

    The Department of Financial Management, as part of the City Hall Complex Plan, will be vacating and demolishing the 109 North Front Street building in 2013 and will construct a new building that will extend to the corner of Long and Front Streets.

    It is the City’s intent to remove, clean and crate the Worker’s Memorial monument, Ohio Historic Markers and engraved stone facia, and coping. Current Plans are to create a worker’s memorial site within the redevelopment of the Scioto Mile, reusing at minimum the Worker’s monument. The design and siting of the new memorial space is currently under review as part of the larger Scioto Mile Park planning and development.

    Presenting: Drew Bobay, Project Manager, Department of Finance
    Dave Bush, Assistant Administrator, Department of Finance

    Action Requested: Remove and place in storage the memorial features of Richter Workers Memorial Park; decommission and return to the appropriate union entities any and all memorial elements damaged and/or rendered unusable through the act of removal, or that are jointly agreed upon by the City and the affected unions as not being integral to the new memorial, per Columbus Code Chapter 3115.04(E)

    Discussion:
    • Staff provided an overview of the City’s plans to demolish 109 North Front Street and extend the footprint of the new building to the corner of Front and Long Streets, which will necessitate relocating the memorial elements currently in Richter Park.
    • The Mayor’s Office is in conversation with Union representatives about park removal and plans to find a new location for the memorial elements, most likely within the Scioto Mile.
    • Commissioners noted that Richter is not an artist designed park and that the Commission’s interest is with the memorial pieces and historic markers. The new configuration of memorial elements does not need to be tied to the current park configuration.
    • There is some concern that the marble panels listing fallen union works will break upon removal. The City will document the names of the union members inscribed on the panels. Pieces not suitable for reuse will be offered to the Unions.
    • It was noted that the historic markers are event, not place specific, and new locations will be identified.

    Commission Action:
    A motion was made to remove and place in storage the memorial features of Richter Workers Memorial Park; decommission and return to the appropriate union entities any and all memorial elements damaged and/or rendered unusable through the act of removal, or that are jointly agreed upon by the City and the affected unions as not being integral to the new memorial, per Columbus Code Chapter 3115.04(E) 5-0-0 Santer/Nicholson”

    http://development.columbus.gov/uploadedFiles/Development/Planning_Division/Boards_and_Commissions/Columbus_Arts_Commission/Meetings/2013/april/April%20minutes.pdf

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    Analogue Kid
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    heresthecasey said:

    It is the City’s intent to remove, clean and crate the Worker’s Memorial monument, Ohio Historic Markers and engraved stone facia, and coping. Current Plans are to create a worker’s memorial site within the redevelopment of the Scioto Mile, reusing at minimum the Worker’s monument. The design and siting of the new memorial space is currently under review as part of the larger Scioto Mile Park planning and development.

    So they’ll build something to replace it around 2026, subject to funding of course.

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