Demolition Downtown Prompting Brief Street Closure on 12th

With permission from the City of Columbus, the contractors working on the new downtown home for Columbus State University’s College of Education and Health Professions will be closing 12th Street and part of one Broadway lane next week as a safety precaution.

The closures are needed during the demolition of the Page Tower, part of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer’s former complex. The closures will start Wednesday, June 3 and last until demolition is complete, probably about two weeks.

Brasfield & Gorrie contractors will be closing 12th Street between Broadway and Front Avenue and half of the southbound lane in the 1100 block of Broadway Traffic will still be able to pass on Broadway.

By the end of June, the only building still standing on the lot should be the historic structure that sits at the corner of Front Avenue and 12th Street. The structure will be renovated for administrative offices, advising offices and three education centers that will be moving downtown from main campus: the Center for Quality Teaching and Learning, The Math Collaborative and the Ivey Center for the Cultural Approach to History. New construction will be added to house CSU’s College of Education and Health Professions, including the School of Nursing.

Foundation work is expected to begin in September, when crews start work on the site for new construction. This will mean installing “geopiers,” which are foundational support structures sunk into the ground to support the buildings.

The university hopes to take occupancy of the new complex in fall 2016.