A long-standing Midtown eyesore is no longer standing and will soon be replaced with a small greenspace park, Goodwill Industries announced recently.
The old Plaza Theater, which had closed in 1997 and was donated to Goodwill in 2013, was recently razed, leaving a patch of bare earth surrounded by asphalt in the parking area behind the eastern end of Cross Country Plaza.
In a release announcing the plans for the park, Goodwill called it a "gift to its team members, clients and the community surrounding its Macon Road headquarters in Columbus."
The charity's local headquarters are in the business park behind the shopping center, which houses one of Goodwill's retail stores.
"As an organization our goal is to serve and support people," said Julie Bennett, director of communications at Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers.
"We provide career services, job placement and training to individuals and today, we are able to provide a public green space that will also improve our communities' quality of life."
Anne King, executive director of MidTown Inc., said her organization commends Goodwill for giving back to the community and for creating a gateway between neighborhoods, the Goodwill Center and the shopping center.
"What's not to love about the transformation of a long-vacant property into a community greenspace?" King said.