A decked-out pedestrian passageway through COSI is slated to eat up the fattest portion of the state capital budget allotted for central Ohio.
The COSI Connection Corridor is in line to receive $5 million budget dollars—only enough to cover a fraction of the total projected cost of the project.
Expected to offer 30,000 square feet of retail shops and restaurants along the way, the corridor has been conceptualized as a glass-enclosed corridor through the middle of the science museum building, connecting the recently redeveloped Scioto Greenways project to a yet-to-be-built, 21-acre “unparalleled development opportunity” called the Scioto Peninsula.
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“Rather than serving as an obstacle, the COSI building has the potential to serve as a gateway,” reads the application, per Columbus Underground.
The Scioto Peninsula project proposal calls for 1,700 residential units, 800,000 square feet of office space, 150,000 square feet of retail space and a 150-room hotel.
Other projects in central Ohio granted budget money include:
- $1 million for an atrium connecting the proposed Market Tower to the North Market
- $1 million to the Columbus Zoo for a new orangutan facility and improvements to the elephant habitat
- $750,000 for renovations of the Palace Theater
- $500,000 for the new Quarry Trails metro park on the west side
- $500,000 for renovations at the King Arts Complex
- $500,000 for a Westerville police memorial