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What’s old must come down. Plans for new Vets Memorial unveiled

What’s old must come down. Plans for new Vets Memorial unveiled

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Plans for the new Ohio Veterans Memorial and Museum (replacing Franklin County Veterans Memorial)  were unveiled. The building along the Scioto River, will be a 53,000-square-foot, $55 million venue honoring Ohio’s 900,000 military veterans (and not just the 76,000 in Franklin County). Construction is expected to be completed by Dec. 2016.

The new venue will feature an amphitheater for military ceremonies and a park with a memorial grove of trees and water features. The main level will be the spot of the great hall, museum store, and café. The lower level will also have a temporary exhibition space and a variety of education and interpretive spaces. A private remembrance hall (on the upper level), adjacent to the exterior sanctuary space,will be accessed by a sweeping ramp. This exterior civic room will serve as a ceremonial and memorial space for the community.

Vets Memorial has been a staple for Downtown for many years, but the new building looks to honor and encompass the service of all of Ohio’s veterans.

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Previously, Dec. 1, 2014

Knocking down Vets Memorial cheaper than thought

Turns out, tearing down Veterans Memorial won’t be quite as costly as estimated. The county was expecting a $1.85 million bill, but S.G. Lowendick & Sons out of Grove City put in a bid for $1 million, and they weren’t even the lowest bidders.

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Previously, Oct. 21, 2014

It’s coming down. Demo of Vets Memorial approved

UPDATE: The demolition of Veterans Memorial was approved Tuesday and then gave the thumbs up to Columbus Downtown Development Corp. plan to build Ohio Veterans Memorial and Museum. The current building should be knocked down within the year and the site is slated to be ready by April of 2015, Columbus Business First reported.

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Vets Memorial (despite some protest) is getting a new look. A glass-walled museum and a rooftop sanctuary are in the works for the new veterans memorial, all inspired by those who have served the country. The great hall, planned to be made entirely of glass was designed in a way to draw feelings of respect from patrons, the Dispatch reported. The new building should be finished up by 2016, costing about $55 million.

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