Franklin Township creates building department

on Tuesday, 11 January 2011.

Franklin Township has created thier own building department, and will contract out the work to Asebrook & Co. Architecture. 

The Franklin Township Board of Trustees passed a resolution establishing a building department to locally enforce Ohio State Building Codes during thier special meeting Dec. 28.  

City, county rework sewer deal to exclude casino site

on Tuesday, 14 December 2010.

Penn National would have to agree to annexation for service

If Penn National Gaming wants flush toilets at its central Ohio casino, it will have to build it in Columbus.

That, more or less, was Mayor Michael B. Coleman's message as he made a rare appearance before the Columbus City Council tonight and asked members to remove the casino site from a 2003 city sewer contract with Franklin County.

The Weston Partnership Point of View

on Saturday, 04 December 2010.

There has been a lot of back and forth between the City of Columbus and Penn National regarding the water and annexation. 

This back and forth is not helping our efforts with respect to Weston district revitalization. Until there is clarity on these issues our mission is being put on the back burner by others.
Please keep in mind that our focus is on revitalization not the politics between the City and Penn.

How many gamblers?

on Saturday, 04 December 2010.

Well form estimates 4,000

Did Columbus' casino just shrink?

Since Penn National Gaming first proposed it, company officials have said that their casino would serve an average of 10,000 gamblers per day.

But on their application to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to drill water wells to serve the casino, they list a much-lower number - 4,000 per day - on the line for "No. of visitors/customers."

Casino can get enough water via wells

on Wednesday, 01 December 2010.

Expert verifies quantity; quality is still uncertain

Wells easily could supply enough water for Penn National Gaming's casino.

"The limestone aquifer that's below the site would be capable of getting 200,000 to 300,000 gallons per day," said Jim Raab, a hydrogeologist for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. He said the agency has records of 54 wells in Franklin Township capable of drawing the 183,000 gallons per day that casino developers estimate they'd need

Casino developers to bypass city water?

on Tuesday, 30 November 2010.

Well-drilling request

Casino developers want permission to drill wells that would free them from relying on Columbus' water lines.

Wells would take Columbus' key bargaining chip - water service - off the table as city leaders seek to annex the casino site, now in Franklin Township near W. Broad Street and I-270.

Coleman eyes West Side improvements

on Friday, 19 November 2010.

The mayor includes planning money in his proposed budget for 2011.

Brownfield cleanup, infrastructure improvements on Georgesville Road -- and a group dedicated to economic development -- are part of the efforts Columbus officials hope will help revitalize the West Side.

Those suggestions were included in a memo sent by Mayor Michael Coleman to city Director of Development Boyce Safford and Director of Public Service Mark Kelsey.

Mayor Coleman pledges city support

on Friday, 12 November 2010.

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman’s running dialogue with casino developer Penn National Gaming Inc. took another turn Friday, with the mayor clarifying the support the city will give to the $400 million Hollywood Casino Columbus project on the west side.

Casino group: City made promises

on Saturday, 06 November 2010.

Penn National seeking payback for location change

Executives from Penn National Gaming said yesterday that they were promised financial support from Columbus when they agreed to move their casino from a voter-approved site in the Arena District.

But city officials say they promised only support for a request for state environmental-cleanup money and political support for the move

Casino Design Unveiled

on Friday, 05 November 2010.

'Golden age of Hollywood'

Penn National Gaming Inc. is taking another step in the development of its Hollywood Casino Columbus with the roll-out of design drawings and a site plan for the $400 million project.


on Thursday, 04 November 2010.





COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 4 – Central Ohioans will get their first look at the design of Hollywood Casino Columbus today as Penn National Gaming, Inc. reveals architect’s renderings and the site plan for the $400 million project. Hollywood Casino Columbus is scheduled to open in the second half of 2012 on the site of an abandoned auto parts factory on ColumbusWest Side.


The casino renderings will be shown as part of a community meeting on the West Side, which will also feature a discussion by city and county officials and community leaders of proposed zoning changes for the area surrounding the casino.

Developer Baffled

on Wednesday, 27 October 2010.

It shouldn’t have been a shocker to Columbus City Council members that Penn National Gaming Inc. wants tax breaks for its $400 million casino on the west side.

Penn National President Tim Wilmott told us in January that the company expected to be taken care of with tax incentives after agreeing to move the casino from the Arena District to the former Delphi Automotive Systems plant site off West Broad Street. Wilmott said in that in fairness to the company’s shareholders, Penn National (NASDAQ; PENN) had to recoup some of those dual-development costs.

Council Wary of Westside Investment

on Tuesday, 26 October 2010.

Council wary of casino's requests for incentives

Company's bid for government help is not going over too well

Columbus City Council members who would get the last word on any economic-development incentives for Penn National Gaming don't sound too fond of the idea at the outset.

The company with the constitutionally guaranteed right to build a casino in Columbus should stick by its 2009 promise to pay for the project without government help, several council members said tonight

Casino builder seeking city incentives

on Monday, 25 October 2010.

Penn National Gaming has abandoned its go-it-alone approach to building a casino in Columbus.

The company, which once said it needed no government help to build in the Arena District, now is seeking millions in public assistance, incentives and discounts for its new location near I-270 and W. Broad Street.

Penn National's requests for city, state and county aid are detailed in a four-page document that The Dispatch obtained through a public-records request.

November Overlay Open House

on Wednesday, 20 October 2010.

The City of Columbus Planning Division and the Franklin County Economic Development and Planning Department are holding an open house about the proposed Commercial Overlays on portions of West Broad Street, Georgesville Road, Industrial Mile Road, Phillipi Road and Wilson Road that may affect your property. As a property owner within the proposed overlay area, you are invited to attend an open house on:

Commercial Overlay Open House

November 4, 2010

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Haydocy Showroom, 3895 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43228

Formal presentation at 6:00 p.m.

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