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New City Services Center adds to bustling Midtown

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - When Columbus Square Closed its doors in 1999, Midtown became a ghost town... Now years later the city is breathing life back into the once thriving area.

A new library, public education center, and now three other buildings will go up on the old mall site.

 "The Citizens Service Center complex is designed so we can bring services to the public a little closer and more convenient," Deputy City Manager Lisa Goodwin said.

The new Citizen's service center will move the tax commissioner's office, parks and recreation, elections, and council chambers to midtown that means you won't have to go to the government center to pick up your tag, register to vote, or pay property taxes.

Deputy City Manager Lisa Goodwin told me today that the move will make things a lot easier for everyone.

"It's going to be plenty of parking; we are putting up a 370 space parking garage that is going to be there for more convenience," Goodwin said.

People outside of the Government Center are looking forward to the $32.5 million facility that will also include a 5700 square foot Swimming complex.

Funding for the project is coming from the 1999 special purpose local option sales tax, the 2008 local option sales tax and bond proceeds from the city.

"It's going to make a difference in the fact that this site now is truly means something to each and every person in this community," Goodwin said.

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