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Pizzuti talks about the Courthouse & City Center

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The Dispatch wrote Building with an eye for aesthetics

Sunday, December 23, 2007

BY MIKE PRAMIK

Q: Will you be incorporating residences into the Franklin County Courthouse project?

Ron Pizzuti: It depends on when you’re talking about. At some point in time the block will be a mixed-use block. It will have some office, it could have retail, it could have residential. Certainly it will have food service, and it will certainly have enough public space that’s inviting with good landscaping and public art.

Q: City Center is just next door. Now that Capitol South Urban Redevelopment Corp. owns it, it’s destined to change. What do you think should be its future?

Ron Pizzuti: What goes into City Center has to cater to the folks who are living and working Downtown today. It clearly doesn’t now. How nice it would be to take the newly configured Town Street between Front and High (streets) all the way through to 3rd and create a pedestrian environment.

It’s going to be a mixed-use site. It has to be. If retail survives there it will be a different mix. It would be great to have a Target there, or Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, and a post-office branch.

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