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Columbus Council To Name Members Of Stadium-Area Development Group

A map of where the new Crew stadium would be located in the Arena District.
City of Columbus

Columbus City Council on Monday takes another step forward in the plans for the development planned around the proposed new Columbus Crew stadium.

Columbus City Council Members will approve the five publicly selected members for the new Confluence Community Authority.  They include:

  • Ty Marsh, Executive Director, Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio
  • Ken Paul, Mayor Andrew Ginther’s chief of staff
  • Mike Stevens, Columbus’ Chief Innovation Officer and interim economic development director
  • Ken Wilson, Franklin County Adminstrator
  • Erik Janas, Deputy Franklin County Administrator

The five members appointed by the city and county, along with four members chosen by the ownership, will oversee development at Confluence Village in the Arena District near the new Columbus Crew stadium. 
“What we’re looking for are people that have our best interest at heart and be able to make sound judgement calls on any type of expenditures that best reflect the values that we have for the city,” says council member Emmanuel Remy.

In December, Columbus leaders announcedthe creation of Confluence Village, a combined residential and business park just west of the Arena District. A 430,000 square foot stadium would sit at the center of the development.

However, Nationwide Reality Investors has not yet sold the land to the Haslam Sports Group, which bought the Columbus Crew in December. Despite it still being a tentative agreement, city leaders and investors have said they hope to begin construction of the new stadium in October.

Debbie Holmes has worked at WOSU News since 2009. She has hosted All Things Considered, since May 2021. Prior to that she was the host of Morning Edition and a reporter.