Bids opening scheduled for today for Columbus property

Columbus Mayor Kristen Brown will be trying to move ahead again today with a plan to sell city-owned property at Second and Lafayette streets.

She has called a special meeting of the Columbus Redevelopment Commission this afternoon to open any bids from companies interested in buying the property.

Most of the property was acquired from Bartholomew County REMC as part of a land swap under the previous city administration. The idea was to turn it into a sports complex. But now the Columbus Redevelopment Commission has decided the best use of the property would be for apartments and extended-stay hotel rooms.

Incoming Mayor Jim Lienhoop has said he does not think enough thought has been put into the best use for that property.

The redevelopment commission was scheduled to open the bids last week, but there were too few members in attendance to hold a legal meeting. Mayor Brown would like Columbus City Council to consider any proposals before the end of the year and of her term.

The special redevelopment commission meeting to open the bids is scheduled at 5 p.m. this afternoon at Columbus City Hall.