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Developer allowed to change condo plan to rental units


Allen Baswell



A local developer can proceed with plans for his condominium project after making a request for changes. 


At Monday''s meeting of the Columbus Convention and Visitor''s Bureau board of Directors, Mark Castleberry spoke before the board requesting to change plans on his new building project, which is scheduled to be located on College Street behind the Tennessee Williams Welcome Center. 


"I am requesting to the board that I change from selling condominiums to rental apartments. I would also like to construct a terrace on the roof, which would make the building much more attractive," he said. 


Board President Dewitt Hicks said the board would discuss the matter in executive session following the regular meeting. 


CVB Executive Director and CEO James Tsismanakis said the board took up the matter in executive session, and unanimously agreed to approve the changes requested by Castleberry, 


That was the only matter taken up in executive session. 


The board also heard from Johnny Stokes of Columbus Motor Speedway, who made a financial request of $20,000 from the CVB for the Lucas Oil Series race which is scheduled in July. 


"This will be a two day race that will be broadcast on the Speed Channel and Versus channel, two sports broadcasting channels," he said. 


Tsismanakis said the race will expand from 50 laps to 100 laps to accommodate the two-day event. 


"The two networks will be spending time in Columbus doing some filming of different sites to promote the city during their broadcasts," he said. 


The CVB board will make their decision on the request at their regular April meeting. 


The board unanimously agreed to table a decision concerning a proposed art park. Tsismanakis said the Columbus City Council is scheduled to meet tonight to discuss plans for the land, which is located in the grassy area next to the Welcome Center. That land is owned by the City of Columbus, he said. 


"After we see what the city plans to do, we will come back in April, and decide on an architect to come up with designs and plans," Tsismanakis said.


Allen Baswell is a former staff reporter for The Dispatch



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