Casino, city reach deal that will help boost West Side

on Wednesday, 25 May 2011.

With the "inevitable" a little closer to reality, the West Side soon might get the boost its leaders and residents are seeking.

Columbus has agreed to annex the proposed Hollywood Casino into the city and provide it with water and sewer under terms of a lawsuit settlement announced Tuesday, May 24.

Casino gets county's OK to start building

on Wednesday, 18 May 2011.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011  01:40 PM

The Columbus Dispatch

Penn National Gaming received a certificate from Franklin County this afternoon that will allow construction to begin on its Hollywood Casino.

The Certificate of Zoning Compliance means that Penn National Gaming can start on the foundation and steelwork of the casino and on a parking garage. The company has permits from the state to do that work, but not for other construction, such as plumbing, electric and air-handling systems.

Casino groundbreaking draws some local officials, not others

on Tuesday, 26 April 2011.

Penn National Gaming broke ground yesterday on the foundation of its $400million Hollywood Casino and a parking garage, promising that the glitzy project will bring thousands of jobs and revitalize a long-declining area.

That promise created a lively mood as about 200 people packed a tent for the ceremony at the project site near W. Broad Street and Georgesville Road

You are invited to Weston Vision's Spring meeting

on Saturday, 16 April 2011.

Date April 19th Time 6:00 PM

The Weston meeting will be Tuesday. April 19th at 6:00 P.M. The location will be the Haydocy community meeting room located at 3865 West Broad.

The following subjects will be on discussed at the meeting:

  • Reviewing the status of the market study for the Weston District and steps Weston members can take to help.
  • Update on the West Broad ODOT project
  • Update on Penn National construction
  • Zoning Overlay and impact on Weston revitalization
  • Update on Wingate Village
  • Update on Weston Vision Inc. code of regulations and membership

If you have any questions or comments please call Chris @ (614) 255-5818


on Friday, 01 April 2011.

Columbus-based Smoot Construction to Oversee the $400 Million Development

Wyomissing, PA & Columbus, OH (April 1, 2011) – Penn National Gaming announced today that Smoot Construction of Columbus has been selected by its wholly owned subsidiary, Central Ohio Gaming Ventures, LLC to serve as construction manager for the Company’s Hollywood Casino, Columbus development.


Pending the completion of final development agreements between Central Ohio Gaming Ventures and Smoot Construction, Smoot will be responsible for the overall construction and related field activities portion of Penn National’s planned $400 million investment on Columbus’ West Side.

State shuts door on brownfield cleanup

on Thursday, 24 March 2011.

The one piece of public funding Penn National Gaming Inc. was on track to secure to help clean up the site of Columbus’ casino is likely to vanish under a provision of the state’s new two-year transportation budget.

Trade unions urge start of casino

on Wednesday, 23 March 2011.

They say construction delay hurts jobs

Construction workers gathered yesterday at the site of Penn National Gaming's proposed casino to deliver a message to Columbus and the developer - anytime now, guys, anytime.

"It appears to me that they're all adults and ought to be able to sit down together and work something out so that construction workers can get to work," said Walt Workman of the AFL-CIO. "It's about jobs."

Let’s Work Together!

on Thursday, 10 March 2011.

Having a court side seat and watching the decline and decimation of business and jobs at the Broad and Georgesville intersection ( Weston district) for the last 20 years, I would like to offer my prospective on the past and future of the Weston district. 

In 2009, this district earned the dubious distinction of being the most vacant neighborhood in America (With a 67 percent residential vacancy rate) and over a  50 percent commercial vacancy. After many meetings and much debate, it was clear this district needed a "home run" development to reverse our downward cycle.

I believe the majority of the sentiment of the central Ohio voters when they approved “Issue 2” in May 2010 (with a 82% “yes” vote)  was not a vote for a casino but rather a vote for the revitalization of the Weston district. The 300 million dollar Penn National investment is the shot in the arm this district needs to obtain critical mass and attract addition investment.  

Weston Vision Inc.and the district is focused on taking the fullest advantage of this investment. As of March 1, 2011 there is potentially another 70 million dollars waiting to be invested in the Weston district. These investments (along with Penn National’s) could create over 3,500 new job in the Weston district!

We encourage Penn National, City of Columbus, Franklin County and Franklin township to  remember that the revitalization of America's loneliest neighborhood is at stake and now is the time to figure out the way to fulfill the voters mandate and “get the shovels in the ground”.  

Let’s work with all stakeholders to make this a gateway which all central Ohio will be proud of!

 Thank You

 Chris Haydocy

Dispatch Editorial: West Side story

on Monday, 07 March 2011.

Rules will keep community livable and looking good as casino development comes

Everyone knows what blight looks like: The result of spotty development guidelines is strewn along too many thoroughfares, cluttered by a mishmash of signs and a hodgepodge of buildings.

Add saw-toothed setbacks and a cacophony of parking lots, and there goes the neighborhood.

So it is heartening that Columbus and Franklin County officials teamed up with the community to craft rules that will guide the redevelopment of the W. Broad Street corridor.

Casino developer files for state building permit

on Saturday, 05 March 2011.

Subsidiary has judge halt release of plan's security details

The developer of a Franklin County casino has filed an application for a building permit with the state, as negotiations with Columbus officials over annexation remain stalled.

"They're scheduled to break ground this spring. It's very important they remain on schedule to get this casino open by the second half of next year," said Bob Tenenbaum, a spokesman for Penn National Gaming.

Meanwhile, The Dispatch Printing Company, the parent company of The Dispatch, is in a legal battle with the developer over the release of part of the project's structural-permit application with the state.

City moves ahead on development rules for casino area

on Wednesday, 02 March 2011.

Council likely to OK regulations to make area appealing

Columbus is moving ahead with development rules for W. Broad Street that neighborhood leaders say will help make the business district near a planned casino more attractive as it grows.

Mayor Michael B. Coleman's administration sent the rules, called a zoning overlay, to the City Council in early February and the council is to vote on them on Monday. Council members heard a first reading of the overlay last night.

Will casino waste go to Marysville?

on Saturday, 22 January 2011.

First, Penn National Gaming started looking into drilling wells that could provide enough water for its central Ohio casino.

Now, Franklin Township wants the ability to issue building permits, and Marysville is talking with someone interested in trucking at least 120,000 gallons a day of raw sewage to its treatment plant.

Casino township seeks authority to issue permits

on Friday, 21 January 2011.

Franklin Township's decision to create a building department has some wondering whether there is any connection to the casino planned for western Franklin County.

The site for Penn National Gaming's casino sits on township land at the former Delphi auto-parts plant. The company originally had said it planned to annex into Columbus to build the casino, but that hasn't happened yet as Columbus and Penn National negotiate over tax incentives and other issues.

Public Notice of Meeting

on Saturday, 15 January 2011.


 Franklin County is applying for up to $3,000,000 in Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund grant money from the State of Ohio to help fund the Former Delphi Automotive Plant Redevelopment project located at 200 Georgesville Road, Columbus. Franklin County and its project partner, CD Gaming Ventures, Inc., will hold a public meeting on Monday, March 7, 2011, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. to provide information and receive comments on the grant application. The meeting will be held at Haydocy Buick GMC, 3895 W. Broad St. Columbus.

Brownfield Cleanup Update

on Saturday, 15 January 2011.

Application for 2011 Clean Ohio Revitalization Funds – Round 10

Goal of the Brownfield Project - [ download related article ]

Since its closure in late 2007, the former Delphi Autmotive Plant has been a scene of urban blight and decay, serving as a demonstration of the associated negative impacts that a shuttered, larges calefacility can have on a neighborhood. Following its construction in the 1940s, the former plant provided thousands of local jobs and critical tax revenue to Franklin Township and the State of Ohio, and was a staple among industrial employers in the area for more than 60 years.

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