Back in May, Bill Todd called the Columbus City Center mall ?the world?s biggest aboveground cavern? and challenged Mayor Mike Coleman to solve the problem.

Never one to back down from a challenge, even from an dirtbag like Todd, Mike and the City Council are doing just that:

Columbus has struck a deal with the owners of Columbus City Center to take over the struggling Downtown mall.

According to a source with Capitol South Urban Redevelopment Corp., the nonprofit developer created by the city in the 1980s to build City Center, Columbus will pay Simon Property Group and General Motors Pension Trust $2.88 million for the mall as well as vacant land at the northeast corner of S. High and E. Rich streets.

Pending approval by the Columbus City Council, the mall will be in Capitol South?s hands by Oct. 31. Capitol South has hired Arena District developer Nationwide Realty Investors to create a plan for the mall?s future.