City to consider request to help renovate former newspaper offices

The city of Columbus is being asked to help fund renovations for the former offices of “The Republic.” The building, situated across the street from City Hall and the Bartholomew County Courthouse, will house the IU School of Art, Architecture + Design, J. Irwin Miller Masters of Architecture Program. Mayor Jim Lienhoop says that Indiana University is pouring millions of dollars into the program locally.

Lienhoop says he believes the program will further the city’s goal of expanding employment opportunities.


Total renovations are expected to cost $2 million, with half of that amount coming from other area partners. The Redevelopment Commission will be asked to fund the other $1 million. Mayor Lienhoop says that it’s important for the city to show a willingness to partner with the university.


That formal request is expected at the Redevelopment Commission’s May 21st meeting. If approved, the request will go to city council for consideration on June 5th.