Solution to Cosi & City Center Woes?
How about moving COSI from its massive facility across the river to the City Center building? Ever since COSI's move from Broad Street, it's had financial troubles - the current space is simply too big. And its location does not benefit from foot traffic. If COSI moved into the City Center building, the space would be more manageable, I imagine it'd be relatively cheap to buy, and people could actually walk to COSI. COSI could advertise new events around Capitol Square and get people to make unplanned visits. Who's going to wander over to the current location on a whim? It would also be more accessible for OSU students who will be spending more time downtown with the Urban Arts Space at the Lazarus buiding.
With COSI moving, Columbus gets a great chance to take advantage of the building that is now a symbol for COSI's unrealistic ambition. It could be turned into a massive hotel, the Columbus hotel. Since we razed the Neil House, the Deshler, and other fine hotels, Columbus could use a new, really elegant place to stay. The new hotel would feature beautiful views of the river and skyline - in fact, there could be 2-3 fancy restaurants on the top floor with some of the best views of the river in the entire city. The hotel would be luxurious and one-of-a-kind for Columbus - it would also take advantage of the little water we do have.
Now, the building is quite large, so in addition to hotel accommodations, perhaps it could help give way to a new era of mass transit in Columbus. Columbus could have two union stations - one downtown in the Arena District or Capitol Square, and the other in the old COSI building. The hotel could provide cab rides to and from the airport for guests (included in their hotel fair) and could also provide them will options to travel around the city to conduct businesss - cabs, hopefully streetcars, and perhaps buses (COTA could have a couple luxury buses for the hotel). This would be the place in town to stay and local businesses would have a great way to treat their clients.