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Columbus looks to reduce support for downtown market

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus wants to reduce its financial support for a downtown market considered a cornerstone of the city's downtown development.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus wants to reduce its financial support for a downtown market considered a cornerstone of the city's downtown development.

City officials want its next lease with the North Market, a conglomeration of all-local shops and restaurants, to require that the market set aside money for improvements.

The Columbus Dispatch reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/14IUvwL ) the city pays for the market's exterior upkeep and has spent more than $2.2 million for capital improvements in the past two years.

While the market has struggled financially in recent years, Kyle Bickhart, president of the market's board, tells the paper the market finished 2014 with a surplus.

The market, between the city's Arena District and Short North neighborhood, is a popular lunch and weekend destination.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com