Morrow City Council postpones Olde Towne Morrow RFP vote

MORROW — The Olde Towne Morrow request for proposals that the Morrow Downtown Development Authority asked to have drafted nearly 18 months ago is close, but residents will have to wait a little longer.

The City Council postponed a vote Tuesday on whether to approve the RFP with NewMark Grubb Knight Frank Municipal Advisory Group until its next meeting, which is scheduled to take place Nov. 26. The request, once approved by the council, would be sent out to prospective buyers who would be interested in buying the 16-acre property for redevelopment.

Morrow and its DDA spent about $13 million between 2007 and 2009 to build Olde Towne Morrow, which was intended to be a mixed-use development with retail shops, restaurants and hotels. The city closed it in December 2010, after only a year of operation, because of myriad problems including a lack of revenue and city fire code violations.

The revenues for its one year of operation totaled about $10,000.

Former City Manager John Lampl, who oversaw the project’s construction, is facing several criminal charges stemming from how the development was created.