City County Overlay Timeline

on Saturday, 16 October 2010.

  • Oct 5, 2010 Present at the Greater Hilltop Area Commission on overlay project
  • Oct 8, 2010 Stakeholder Briefing - large property holders, Franklin Township, Franklin County, Hilltop Business Assoc, Westgate Neigh Assoc
  • Nov 4, 2010 Commercial Overlay Open House

Plans to Create a New Zoning Code

on Saturday, 09 October 2010.

Several West Side property owners support zoning that would ban adult businesses from opening near the casino.

Franklin County plans to create a new zoning code that would tightly restrict what businesses could pop up around the planned West Side casino.

Some community leaders want to keep strip clubs, adult bookstores and the like from going up anywhere near the Hollywood Casino site at W. Broad Street and Georgesville Road.

Delphi Environmental Remediation Update

on Friday, 08 October 2010.

Demolition and Environmental Remediation Update October 6, 2010

Site Overview

• Former Delphi Automotive facility constructed in mid-1940s

• Approximately 1.4 million square feet under roof

• Overall project property is approximately 123 acres

• Structures in addition to the main plant included the power house, storage buildings, guard houses and a wastewater treatment plant

• Main plant building included basement and subsurface restrooms


Penn National to Proceed

on Tuesday, 05 October 2010.

Penn National Gaming to Proceed with Columbus Casino Development



on Saturday, 02 October 2010.

Hollywood Columbus Casino/ Former Delphi Automotive Plant Redevelopment Neighborhood Meeting


Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 5:30 p.m.

Haydocy Automotive

3895 West Broad Street

Columbus, Ohio 43228

Sources: Penn National Wants City Compensation For Arena District Property Value Drop

on Saturday, 25 September 2010.

Annexation Talks Continue Without Agreement As Penn Explores Other Options

By Patrick Preston
Published: September 24, 2010


Casino developer Penn National continues to engage the city of Columbus in a veritable high stakes poker game -- gambling that it can extract more money from the city as annexation negotiations continue -- with tens, even hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue at stake.

Multiple sources with direct knowledge of the annexation talks between the two parties told NBC 4's Patrick Preston that Penn National has asked the city of Columbus to "make the company whole" on the money it stands lose on the Arena District property that Penn purchased in January.

Casino, City Still Negotiating Annexation

on Thursday, 23 September 2010.

No Agreement Yet

Franklin County is pursuing a $6.2 million road construction project to widen Georgesville Road in time for the opening of the Hollywood Casino Columbus in 2012. Work is expected to begin next summer, but a clear timetable will emerge after the ohio public works commission decides in december how much funding it will contribute to the project.

Penn National plans to give up some of its 123 acres of land in order to allow for new turn lanes into the future casino site, as well as a sidewalk and a shared bike and pedestrian pathway.

The area across from Key Bank on Georgesville Road is currently projected to be the casino's main entrance. The casino is expected to employ at least 2,000 people in permanent positions. The road project is expected to take up to 15 months to complete.

Planning effort launched for casino corridor

on Monday, 20 September 2010.

Business First of Columbus

Planning effort launched for casino corridor


Columbus, Franklin County and community groups are working on plans aimed at guiding cohesive development of the West Broad Street corridor in connection with a $400 million casino being built on the west side.

Columbus Mayor Mike Coleman said in a release Monday that the city, county and Greater Hilltop Commission are amending the Greater Hilltop Plan to tie together development along West Broad Street between the Hilltop neighborhood along West Broad west of Interstate 70 and Penn National Gaming Inc.’s casino site at West Broad and Georgesville Road.

The effort also includes the establishment of a regional commercial overlay that sets development standards along the corridor and plans for a market study. Franklin Township officials, who have jurisdiction over part of the corridor, are also involved in the process.

“We are creating a vision for seamless development along the West Broad Street corridor,” Coleman said in the release, “as we lay the groundwork for the revitalization of the west side.”

Penn National’s Hollywood Casino is under development at the site of the former Delphi Automotive Systems plant on the west side. Penn officials have said they hope to open the casino in the second half of 2012.

Owners of businesses and property near the casino are hoping it provides an economic boost to an area that has suffered through hard economic times since the Delphi plant closed and Westland Mall has seen most of its stores leave.

The Columbus development department will submit to city council this week an amended Greater Hilltop Plan that recommends commercial and mixed-use development along the West Broad Street corridor consistent with the casino. In addition, Columbus will implement a recommendation of the Hilltop plan by beginning the process of establishing a regional commercial overlay for West Broad Street. It will establish new standards for development relative to building and parking placement, landscaping and graphics.

“We are fortunate to have this economic opportunity on the west side of Columbus and recognize we have one chance to get this right,” Franklin Township Trustee Timothy Guyton said in the release. “It is imperative that all entities continue to work together toward our desire to set common goals and standards, where the quality of the end use will be up to our expectations.”

The release also said Franklin County will develop a smart growth overlay for Franklin Township parcels along Georgesville Road, Philippi Road and West Broad Street. The goal is establish similar standards to those in Columbus to ensure seamless development along West Broad as new investment occurs in the future.

Columbus and Franklin County are working with businesses and residents on a market study and economic development implementation strategy. It will involve hiring a consultant with an understanding of the economics of casino district development.


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