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Sale of Cooper Stadium falls through

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The Columbus Dispatch wrote Sale of Cooper Stadium falls through

Friday, September 7, 2007

By Barbara Carmen

Plans for a motorcycle Mecca at Cooper Stadium have collapsed, so Franklin County is once again on the market for a buyer with big dreams — and preferably, jobs.

“For Sale” ads have started running in local trade journals and over the Internet, praising the ballpark’s features. The 46-acre site comes with a historic building, a breathtaking view of the skyline and quiet neighbors. Three cemeteries edge the park.

Two caveats: The property is valued at $3.25 million to $3.7 million.

The county, however, is being flexible. The ad hints that grants, loans, tax incentives or other public financing would be considered.

And the buyer must be patient. Huntington Park won’t open in the Arena District until 2009. Cooper needs to stay intact through the last pitch of 2008.

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