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Half a million dollars set to fund natatorium, city services building

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Columbus' new natatorium and city services building are already under construction, but with $450,000 of the 2013 proposed budget set aside for this project, where will that money go?

Mayor Teresa Tomlinson tells FOX 54, it will pay for jobs and the cost of running the two facilities. "The natatorium right now … would require 8 new full-time jobs and 11 part-time jobs."

About a dozen more jobs could also be added in coaches and lifeguards. "That location is of course central to the city. It's also one that's right off of [Interstate] 185.  With a natatorium, you're going to be looking at bringing a lot of people from outside the city here."

Columbus' Mayor says people will come from all over the region for swim meets. The Olympic-sized pool will have 8 lanes for swimming competitions. It will also have the ability to be divided in half; splitting the pool for public swims.

"Hotels will probably build up around it we already have a couple of hotels in the area but you can bet people are going to be coming from all over the region to spend 2 to 3 days in Columbus as their kids have these swim meets."

She says the facility will also provide a safe and healthy outlet for kids. Right next to the natatorium is the city services building already taking shape.

"You'll have the Tax Commissioner's office. You're going to have parks and rec over there; you're going to have the voter registration office, so almost everything that's currently in the government center is going to be over there except the executive offices."

Mayor Tomlinson says the offices are being moved, after several complaints, about parking and access to get to city services.

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