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Veterans Unveil Plan for Updated Downtown Columbus Memorial

COLUMBUS (Tara Morgan/Ken Hines) -- A veterans group has released a proposal to renovate a downtown memorial just days after a different plan is revealed by developers.

Members of the Veterans Memorial Board of Trustees unveiled renderings of a proposed $100 million renovation and expansion project on Friday.

Board members say the Franklin County Commissioners asked them to come up with a plan about two years ago.

The Columbus Downtown Development Corporation announced Tuesday that they plan to replace the existing 17 acre veterans memorial with a new, smaller facility.

The new memorial would be part of the proposed Peninsula Project, which would also include a Columbus Zoo extension and 1200 new housing units.

Trustees said they were not consulted about the peninsula plan, and claim that the new memorial will cover only five acres.

"I won't say I don't like the peninsula proposal. I think it's a great plan for downtown," Veterans Memorial board member Bob Thurman said. "The info [of what] they want to do with the vets memorial that I saw on Tuesday does not support the veterans of Franklin County."

Trustees have presented their plan to the Franklin County Administrator, and hope to unveil it to the county commission in the near future.
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