Groups peddle bike-hub plan

on Thursday, 25 August 2011.

West Side leaders envision rest stop on Ohio to Erie Trail

The West Side might become more than just a playground for casino patrons.

It might turn out to be a destination for cyclists as well.

At least that’s the vision of some neighborhood leaders who want to see a bicycle hub along the proposed route of the Ohio to Erie Trail through the Hilltop.

A hub, they say, would be a starting point for bikers who want to park their cars and vans before riding the trail or a stop for bikers already riding it.

Weston Vision Board endorses establishment of “Bicycling Hub at Wilson Road Parkland”

on Wednesday, 17 August 2011.

By unanimous vote on August 17th 2011 by all attending Weston Vision Board members; Weston Vision Inc. strongly supports the establishment of the “Camp Chase Station” bicycle hub in the Weston district. Weston Vision Inc. believes the “Camp Chase Station” will be the regional and state wide hub for the “Ohio to Erie” rails to trails.

Weston Visions Goal

Weston Vision Inc. believes the qualities of the “Camp Chase Station” mirrors our shared vision for the Weston District. Our Vision is:

  • Increasing Community Quality of Life
  • Economic revitalization
  • Urban design Excellence
  • Green Commitment of Weston Vision Inc.

Weston Vision Inc. believes this district has an opportunity via the “Camp Chase Station” to take dramatic steps to help end the chronic negative perception of the West Side.

Weston Vision Inc. believes a major opportunity to promote the Weston District, city of Columbus and Franklin County as a green and bicycle friendly community by embracing a hub and route for the Ohio to Erie Trail along the Camp Chase Railroad line near the Hollywood Casino property onto the Wilson Road Parkland.

The “Camp Chase Station” will help to foster a higher quality of life, economic development and a positive image for an West Side community.

Initial Redevelopment Presentation Released

on Saturday, 13 August 2011.

Central Ohio Community Improvement Corp. investment in the West side is getting results

Follow this link to view the presentation delivered at the July 14, 2011 public meeting

Turns for better at casino

on Monday, 08 August 2011.

Commissioners expected to OK revisions to roads to prep for traffic

Work is to begin before summer ends on roads leading to Penn National Gaming’s West Side casino.

The company also is talking to state transportation officials about adding an exit lane on I-270 to accommodate casino traffic.

Casino-tax money may help keep Jackets here

on Monday, 08 August 2011.

More than two years after going public with their financial problems, the Blue Jackets appear to be in substantive talks toward an agreement that would help offset staggering losses due in part to the club’s lease agreement with Nationwide Arena.

   It is likely, sources told The Dispatch, that a portion of the revenues generated by the Hollywood Casino Columbus on the West Side will be used to help the Blue Jackets. No exact dollar figures have been decided.  

Georgesville Road Improvement Contract Awarded

on Wednesday, 03 August 2011.

Shelly & Sands Inc. stands to cash in on Penn National Gaming Inc. Penn National Gaming Inc.

The Zanesville-based construction company was the low bidder with an $8.1 million proposal to widen and improve Georgesville Road in front of the casino site on Columbus’ west side, said Mark Sherman, chief deputy for the Franklin County engineer’s office

Manager of new casino emphasizes local boost

on Wednesday, 03 August 2011.

The first permanent employee of the new Hollywood Casino Columbus has begun work.

General Manager Ameet Patel arrived in town this week, the beginning of a ramp-up to full staffing of the West Side casino, which will employ about 2,000 people by the time it opens late next year.

Hollywood Casino Columbus Community Meeting

on Wednesday, 27 July 2011.


You are invited to a Community Meeting on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm, for an update on the Hollywood Casino Columbus construction project. Representatives from Penn National Gaming and Smoot Construction will be in attendance. Hollywood Casino Columbus Community Meeting Wednesday, July 27, 2011 / 6:00 – 7:00 p.m./ Haydocy Community Meeting Room/ 3865 West Broad St./Columbus Ohio 43228

Central Ohio Community Improvement Corporation public meeting recap

on Wednesday, 20 July 2011.


Thanks to the over 150 community members who joined us for the public meeting on July 14, 2011. Please check out the COCIC facebook page 

Study: Casino to revitalize West Side

on Monday, 18 July 2011.

Penn National Gaming's Hollywood Casino one day could generate $450 million a year for nearby businesses, according to findings a consultant is to present tonight at a community meeting.

To business and political leaders staking the future of the downtrodden area near Westland Mall on the casino, anything close to those types of dollars would be sweet salvation.

"Even if it was half of that. Currently we're at zero," said Chris Haydocy, who leads the Weston Vision group working to revitalize the area.

You are invited to public meeting for Weston Economic Development Strategy

on Tuesday, 28 June 2011.

Do you live or do business in the area where the new casino is being built? Are you curious about what happens after the casino is completed?

Plan to attend an information sharing meeting and learn about potential development activity in your community. The Central Ohio Community Improvement Corporation hired experts to create an economic development strategy plan for your community.

Consultants have to create an economic development strategy plan for your community.

Consultants have visited your neighborhood and gathered data they want to share with you.

Casino deal spurs makeover plans

on Tuesday, 21 June 2011.

Anticipating a West Side revival because of the planned casino, auto dealer Chris Haydocy is announcing plans to remodel his family's auto dealership.

The dealership, Haydocy Buick GMC, will get a new faade, an updated interior and a climate-controlled service department.

"A lot of it is related to Penn National's investment" in the neighborhood, he said, referring to the company developing the nearby casino. "Hopefully, this is the start of lots of investment up and down the Broad Street corridor."

Once-busy Hilltop building symbolizes area's decline

on Monday, 20 June 2011.

Vacant former pharmacy raises the question: What can be done to heal the neighborhood?

Monday, June 20, 2011  03:06 AM


Ed Salser owns a building that was once a neighborhood landmark: a pharmacy that for three decades supplied customers with not only medicine but also products as varied as candy, goldfish and Hoover sweepers.

Gaming company wants Ohio colleges to train workers for casinos set to open next year

on Monday, 20 June 2011.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A company building casinos in Columbus and Toledo wants local colleges to train blackjack dealers and slot-machine technicians for the gaming operations.

An increasing number of colleges nationwide are adopting casino-related training programs as more states legalize table-gaming.

Troubled apartment complex undergoes casino-driven renovation

on Wednesday, 25 May 2011.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011  03:07 AM


Shari Lewis | Dispatch
Improvements at Oakbrook Manor include redone floors and a fresh coat of paint. The number of units is being reduced from 1,712 to 1,200, and the occupancy rate is up.

The apartments have new floors and fresh paint. The clubhouse has exercise equipment, an indoor pool and a game room with a pool table and video games.

It sounds like any suburban Columbus apartment complex, but this is Oakbrook Manor, the sprawling complex just west of where Penn National Gaming is to build its casino in western Franklin County.

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