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Mayor Tomlinson has high hopes for South Columbus

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Business in South Columbus is not the same as it used to be. Stone Furniture owner Ron Dacus is one of the few local business owners still in the area.

Dacus was bought out by another business three years ago but decided to come back to South Columbus after seeing a change in the area.

"I seen these brand new apartments being put up over here, and then another six months later they were just building all types of nice apartments," Dacus said.

Those new apartments meant more potential customers and the development of a few other businesses like this healthcare facility slated to open later this year.

The new development is all part of Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson plan to pump new life into South Columbus.

"I think what you are going to see is an area that we cast aside for whatever reason years ago and did not invest and did not put a tangible attention but now they will see a great return," Tomlinson said.

The question now is what will go in South Columbus? With major retailers vying for space in North Columbus, how can the cities spread the wealth evenly?

"We don't have 100 acres available for a major shopping center," says Mike Gaymon, Greater Columbus Chamber President .

He says the city is constantly working to bring businesses in to South Columbus. The major problem is space.

"When you start looking at areas like South Columbus you have got to have enough acreage so you could have significant development," Gaymon said.

In the past there has been talk of retailers like Wal-Mart and Target coming to the areas but for now nothing has been set in stone.

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