Metro West apartments draw $17.4 million bid in auction

on Saturday, 02 November 2013.

Metro West, central Ohio’s largest apartment complex, attracted a bid of $17.4 million in an auction yesterday.

The 1,675-unit complex, on the west side of Georgesville Road south of W. Broad Street, is being sold by Matrix Realty Group of New York, which has owned the property since 2006.

In an online auction conducted by Auction.com, bidding began at $5 million and ended shortly after 2:30 p.m. with a high bid of $17.4 million.

A new owner will not be identified until the sale closes, which is expected in about 30 days.Metro West, which opened in 1965 as Lincoln Village, is about 28 percent occupied, and many buildings are in need of repair. http://www.columbusceo.com/content/stories/Dispatch/2013/10/metro-west.html

Major Highway Reconstruction Project on I-270 Near Completion

on Monday, 14 October 2013.

West Side drivers to soon be on new roads

COLUMBUS – As promised, Central Ohio drivers will be travelling on brand new pavement on seven miles of I-270 on the west side before November 1. ODOT’s $80 million project is almost complete.

The west side project rebuilt every lane of Interstate 270 from US 62 to Roberts Road, widened 11 bridges and reconstructed the entrance and exit ramps at Georgesville Road, Broad St. and I-70. This was the first major rehabilitation of this section of I-270 since it was constructed more than 50 years ago.

In order to get motorists on the new pavement and in their final traffic pattern, there will be significant impacts to traffic for the next two weeks, but only during the overnight hours. Seven miles of concrete barrier and cross over traffic patterns have to be removed.

Broad St. Project Nearing Completion

on Saturday, 12 October 2013.

What made this project unique were more than a dozen property owners on W. Broad Street donated land for the widening project.

COLUMBUS – The end of construction is in sight as final paving begins Monday on W. Broad Street between Interstate 270 and Georgesville Road.

The project, which started five months ago, widened W. Broad St. from four lanes to six, constructed new shoulders, curbs, sidewalks and medians along with new traffic signals, lighting and landscaping.

What made this project unique were more than a dozen property owners on W. Broad Street donated land for the widening project.

The paving operation will impact traffic on W. Broad St. Here is how:

Starting Monday, October 14, W. Broad St. will be reduced to one lane in each direction from I-270 to just east of Georgesville Rd. between 8 a.m. and dusk for paving operations. During peak travel times in the morning and late afternoon, crews will do their best to accommodate travel and have as many lanes as possible open. Motorists should expect delays.  Weather permitting, the paving is expected to be complete October 28.

 

After One Year, Hollywood Casino Bringing Investment On West Side

on Monday, 07 October 2013.

Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of the Hollywood Casino Columbus on the West Side.  Supporters call the location a crucial part of redevelopment while critics say the promises made have not been kept.

Since last October, Hollywood Casino has counted 3-point-7 million guests. But  revenues from gambling have missed projections. Through June, the Columbus Casino pulled in 165 million dollars from gamblers.  Jim Jackson from Urbana comes to play slot games.

“For five dollars we can come over here for 2 or 3 hours and just enjoy ourselves and it does not cost us much just the gas to come over.  Have you won anything?  Well my wife won a little bit $20, $30,” says Jackson.

Penn National Gaming invested about $400 million dollars to build the 125,000 square foot casino.  But, the return on investment so far is moderate.

Camp Chase Trail Friends Group Starting

on Thursday, 26 September 2013.

Please join fellow Community Members interested in helping with outreach and upkeep of the new Camp Chase Trail.

First Organizing Meeting:  

Thursday, October 10, 2013; 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Haydocy Automotive Community Room 

3895 West Broad Columbus, OH 43228-1444 

 

Agenda: 

Introductions, Set Preliminary Group Purpose 

Information about existing Trail Groups (bookends): Friends of the Madison County Parks and Trails, Friends of the Alum Creek Tributaries

Discuss potential collaboration partnerships

Future Meetings: Decide frequency and dates of future meetings; Organizing and Nominations; Leadership Elections; Form Committees 

Where is the Camp Chase Trail? 

(Generally Battelle Darby Metro Park (SW Franklin County) to Downtown Columbus)

http://www.fmcpt.com/06-TrailDescription-Maps/06-TrailheadDescriptions-Maps-CampChase.html

Ohio To Erie Trail featured on Front Page

on Saturday, 20 July 2013.

Wilson Road Bike Hub and Campground is a key Component

Weston Vision Members and Friends,

The “Ohio to Erie Trail” made the front page of the Fall 2013 “Rails to Trails Conservancy” national magazine. Please go to http://www.railstotrails.org/resources/magflipbooks/2013_fall/2013_fall.htmlfor the online article. The article does mention City of Columbus and Metro Parks efforts to complete the Camp Chase section.    

I do believe now is the time to take the next step and develop the “Wilson Road Bike Hub and Urban Campground”. The “Wilson Road Bike Hub and Urban Campground” will not only catapult Columbus to the top level of bike friendly cities but it will accelerate revitalization efforts for the Weston District.

Thanks

Chris Haydocy

http://www.railstotrails.org/news/magazine/index.html

West Side Ramps Open in Time for Holiday Weekend

on Friday, 28 June 2013.

Newly built ramps at the I-270/70 interchange to open Monday

MONDAY, JULY 1
Interstate 270 (West Side) – The wait is nearly over for drivers who use the ramps at I-270/70 to commute to and from the West Side of Franklin County.

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will reopen the ramps from I-270 north to I-70 west and I-70 east to I-270 north Monday night, just in time for the 4th of July holiday.

The West Side ramps have been closed since June 4 for reconstruction. 

Tuesday morning commuters will enjoy new pavement on the two loop ramps at the I-270/70 interchange.

The $80 million project to rebuild 7 miles of I-270 on the Southwest Side of Franklin County began in September 2011 and is expected to be complete by Fall 201

Westgate: Quaint, Comfortable and Unexpected!

on Thursday, 13 June 2013.

Link to Westgate Neighborhood Association

Columbus Westgate Bike Boulevard 8-2012

http://westgateneighbors.org/about-wna/westgate-bike-commission/

Above is a link to a pdf which contains the City of Columbus’s plan for a Bike Boulevard through Westgate. What you see here is the culmination of some hard work by city officials and the Westgate Neighbors Assocation Bike Commission. We are very pleased with the outcome. We think this will help cyclist in Westgate and all of Columbus while showcasing our neighborhood at the same time.

Beyond its core, city may need more parks

on Saturday, 08 June 2013.

Very High Need for West Side

The Columbus Dispatch Saturday June 8, 2013

The city of Columbus is embarking on a study of its park system that could lead to more parks within walking distance of more residents — a need pointed out in a report on parkland in the nation’s 50 largest cities.

The Recreation and Parks Department will come up with a master plan for the next 10 years after determining the strengths and weaknesses of its current operations and properties, Director Alan D. McKnight said. “We recognize we’ve got some gaps in services.”

Broad Street Gets New Makeover With Sidewalks & Wider Road

on Monday, 20 May 2013.

Thanks to the generous donation of easement property from 19 local businesses

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio -

An area of far west Columbus is fighting back to become vibrant once again.

In the shadow of the new Hollywood Casino, Broad Street from Interstate 270 to nearly Wilson Road will see a major facelift. Thanks to generous business owners, construction is already under way.

Business leaders said the Broad Street and Georgesville Road area hit rock bottom in 2005, and too many businesses fled for greener pastures.

Now, both empty storefronts and active businesses will be getting a wider road, new sidewalks, traffic and street lights, all in an effort to revitalize the area.

"We are at the very beginning stages. A lot more things are left to do to bring the area back to where it needs to be," said Stephen Torsell, director of Homes on the Hilltop.

Torsell said empty storefronts and a mall are the first thing people see when they visit the area.

Now, with a nearly $5 million infusion of funds, Broad Street will be widened from four to six lanes. New traffic and street light will be installed, along with new sidewalks.

http://www.nbc4i.com/story/22284705/georgesville-road-gets-new-makeover-with-sidewalks-wider-road

Trailside development could bring 95 new homes to Cleveland's hard-hit Slavic Village

on Monday, 20 May 2013.

Similiar past challenges as Weston District

By Michelle Jarboe McFee, The Plain Dealer May 15, 2013

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Slavic Village, the Cleveland neighborhood often called "ground zero" in the nation's foreclosure crisis, might become the proving ground for a recovery.

Construction is under way for a residential development in Cleveland's Slavic Village neighborhood, where 95 homes will rise on former industrial property and vacant land.

The project, Trailside Slavic Village, represents a public-private push to bring housing back to one of the city's hardest-hit neighborhoods.

Zaremba Homes, the builder, is working with the city of Cleveland, the nonprofit Slavic Village Development group, the Clean Ohio program and Third Federal Savings & Loan. The lender's headquarters sit next to the project site, at Aetna Road and East 71st street.

Next to the Morgana Run Trail, the Trailside development will include single-family homes, townhouses and cottages. Priced at $126,000 to $132,000, the homes will carry 15-year property tax abatement. The first 10 buyers might be eligible for down-payment help from the city.

Link to "Creating Sustainable Strategies for West Columbus - Camp Chase Trail

on Wednesday, 03 April 2013.

Availble to download

Due to overwhelming demand Weston Vision Inc. is out of the printed edition of "Creating Sustainable Strategies for West Columbus - Camp Chase Trail" however it can be downloaded via

http://facweb.knowlton.ohio-state.edu/jlara/finished_pages/community.html

Then click on heading: (Fall 2012: "Creating Sustainable Strategies for West Columbus - Camp Chase Trail")

City to spend $8.7 million on trail upgrades

on Thursday, 21 March 2013.

Allows connection to Cincinnati

The city of Columbus will add two significant pieces -- and 6.25 miles overall -- to its system of bikeway trails this year.

Included in the $8.7 million in planned 2013 improvements to city trails is the 3.5-mile extension of the Camp Chase Rail Trail, a $1.6 million project that will connect to the Ohio to Erie Trail, completing a 160-mile section of continuous path from Columbus to Cincinnati.

When the northern section is complete, the statewide trail will be more than 260 miles as it stretches from Cincinnati to Cleveland.

"I think we are beyond excited about the Camp Chase trail improvements because of what it does," said Terri Leist, an assistant director with the city's Recreation and Parks Department. "It allows that connection to Cincinnati via Dayton, via Yellow Springs and every little town along the trail."

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ThisWeek Community News

http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/stories/bexley/news/2013/03/18/city-to-spend-8-7-million-on-trail-upgrades.html

Biking hub pitched as development booster on west side

on Friday, 15 March 2013.

It can be something that nobody else has!

Auto dealer Chris Haydocy is quick to acknowledge that a casino and urban campground for long-distance bicyclists would be unconventional cornerstones for redevelopment of Columbus’ west side.

But the president of Haydocy Automotive on West Broad Street and leader of a group trying to revitalize that area said the Hollywood Casino Columbus and a possible hub along the Ohio-to-Erie bike trail south of the $400 million casino could help lift the west side’s image and attract businesses.

“They are polar opposites but will tell a really good success story for the west side” said Haydocy, president of the Weston Vision Inc. redevelopment group. “We want to be identified by two big iconic things – this urban campground and Hollywood Casino Columbus.”

The bicycle hub, which could include camping facilities for those traveling the 300-mile trail being built between Cincinnati and Cleveland, still is under discussion. The casino became a reality in October, when it opened off Georgesville Road, creating 2,000 jobs and inspiring businesses, including Haydocy Automotive, to invest in remodeling or expanding their buildings.

West side boosters are awaiting other major investments in the area by the private sector, including what Columbus developer Larry Ruben plans to do with his company’s nearly vacant Westland Mall. Ruben, principal of Plaza Properties Inc., could not be reached for comment.

“There is a whole lot of work going on behind the curtains that I’m not able to talk about,” Haydocy said. “There are still a lot of opportunities out here.”

‘Brilliantly subtle’ icon?

As for the bike hub and trail, the city is planning to build a 3.6-mile piece of the Ohio-to-Erie trail along the Camp Chase railroad from Sullivant Road south of the casino to an area near Rhodes Park along I-70. It will connect with about 11.5 miles of the trail, including a bridge to be built over I-270, being completed in western Franklin County by Metro Parks.

Haydocy expects the rails-to-trails project to bring home buyers and renters wanting to be close to the bikeway. It also would provide recreation for west siders and help rebrand the area as a green and healthy community that can attract entrepreneurs.

“It’s an unconventional way to revitalization,” he said, “but we absolutely believe it’s the right way.”

County Economic Development Director Jim Schimmer said an urban campground along the Ohio-to-Erie trial could be a “brilliantly subtle” icon for the area.

“It can be something that nobody else has,” he said. “It could become a source of community pride.”

 

Hilltop Revitalization

on Thursday, 07 March 2013.

Homes on the Hill and the Oberer Companies partner for Hilltop Homes

Homes on the Hill and the Oberer Companies are partners in Hilltop Homes 2, a proposed 30 unit affordable housing development in Central Hilltop. This scattered site project reflects 10 months of extensive community outreach, mirrored with 7 community housing meetings. Oberer and HOTH staff worked with the Community on the development of the Central Hilltop Revitalization Strategy, approved by the Greater Hilltop Area Commission on Feb 5, 2013.

 

The strategy focuses on reducing blighted properties through rehabilitation and new construction, green space improvement on post demolished sites, and assistance to current homeowners. On February 21, 2013 HOTH and the Oberer Companies submitted a Low Income Housing Tax Credit application (LIHTC) to the Ohio Housing Finance Agency to support Hilltop Homes 2.

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