About $1 billion in development around an arena primarily for hockey transformed a dreary section of downtown Columbus that used to be an industrial area and home to a rundown prison.
“People didn’t come downtown very often, and they certainly didn’t live here. Things are di!erent now. This is a place to be,” said Sherri Lyle, 44, of suburban Powell, who works in Columbus’ 14-year old Arena District.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are paying attention. The team is preparing to develop a 28-acre site where the Civic Arena stood, across Centre Avenue from the $321 million Consol Energy Center that opened in 2010.
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