New Government Building in Downtown Columbus Bears Michael B. Coleman’s Name New Government Building in Downtown Columbus Bears Michael B. Coleman’s Name

New Government Building in Downtown Columbus Bears Michael B. Coleman’s Name

The Michael B. Coleman Government Center was dedicated to the City of Columbus’s first African American mayor and its longest-serving mayor, Michael B. Coleman. The eight-story building at 111 N. Front St. completes the former Mayor’s dream to have a downtown campus of city government buildings.

The new 196,000-square foot office building, with sweeping views of downtown Columbus and the Scioto River, will house building and zoning, public service, development and some public utility offices, creating a “one-stop shop” for contractors.
 
“Mayor Coleman’s contributions to the city cannot be quantified. The city was transformed during his 16 years of service,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “It seems only fitting that a building that will help to transform city government offices be named after him.”
 
As Mayor, Coleman built Columbus’ reputation as one of the best cities in the nation by building stronger, safer neighborhoods, creating jobs and maintaining a high quality of life. Coleman led with a steadfast commitment to progress, equality and opportunity and was devoted to improving the lives and communities of his constituents. During his tenure as Mayor, he was responsible for the formation of diverse initiatives to improve the lives of residents including: Capital Kids, City Leaders, Early Start Columbus, Neighborhood Pride Partners, Restoration Academy, Summer Safety Initiative, Youth First, and many more programs.
 
Coleman has also been lauded for the creation of multiple organizations that advance economic development, and for pioneering an urban development strategy to attract new businesses and expand emerging companies within Columbus. He transformed Downtown Columbus into a vibrant business and residential center, and was responsible for renovating and rejuvenating multiple distressed areas and neighborhoods including the Northland Mall complex, the King-Lincoln District, the redevelopment of the Near East side, the Southside Reeb Avenue Center, and the area surrounding Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
 
Coleman is thrilled and humbled by the naming honor. “I always dreamed of Columbus having a downtown campus of city government buildings,” he said. “Not only is that vision becoming a reality, but it will bear my name. I simply do not have the words to express my gratitude.”
 
The building was designed by Schooley Caldwell & Associates and was constructed by Messer Construction Company under the direction of the City of Columbus Office of Construction Management. The adjoining seven-story parking garage with 707 spaces, as well as bike parking, will be opening soon.
 
Coleman is currently a partner and Director of Business and Government Strategies with the law firm of Ice Miller LLP. Coleman brings to Ice Miller’s clients his considerable experience in successfully matching the needs of businesses with the resources of government to build, grow and protect thriving communities. He also brings his experience in mixed-use and multifamily residential development in the urban environment and provides clients opportunities to advance Smart City concepts.
 
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