Today, the Columbus City Council decided to make the former site of Kinnett Dairies on Manchester Expressway the permanent home of the historic Kadie the Cow.
The council voted unanimously to make the move after a brief discussion during the council session. A number of local organizations and businesses including Midtown Inc. and Chik-Fil-A had made a play for Kadie earlier this year as Best Buy prepared to move to its new location in North Columbus.
Through a permanent access easement, the city will be able to keep Kadie in her home at no additional cost.
Kadie, originally purchased to grace the site of Kinnett Dairies, has stood overlooking Manchester Expressway for over 50 years, since being installed on the Kinnett Dairy plant in 1967. After the dairy site was purchased by Parmalat Dairies, an Italian dairy company, the plant was closed and the land rights were sold to Best Buy in 1998, with the store location opening in 2003.
As part of the sale, Kadie was deeded to the Columbus as a historic landmark.
Best Buy announced their intention to move on January 16, which began the process of deciding Kadie’s future once they left the site.
Charmaine Crabb, who represents the city’s District 5 where Kadie is located, said she hoped the city would take the steps to continue keeping Kadie clean and intact.