- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Construction workers are preparing to take down a central Ohio statue of Arnold Schwarzenegger, but he’ll be back.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1rmvqiy ) workers began wrapping up the 8-foot, 600-pound bronze statue of the former California governor and movie star Tuesday in preparation for the demolition of the Franklin County Veterans Memorial. The statue was unveiled there in 2012 to commemorate Schwarzenegger’s commitment to Columbus, where the Arnold Sports Festival is held annually.

The bronze Schwarzenegger will be relocated this week to the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

The Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority is paying for the relocation, which officials say will cost less than $25,000.

A spokesman for the Arnold Sports Festival tells the newspaper Schwarzenegger will be in town for a re-dedication ceremony on Oct. 6.

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

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