City: Westgate on the Rise

on Friday, 17 February 2012.

“Prices in Westgate were insanely reasonable.”

Never heard of Westgate?

You’d have to see it to believe it.

Embedded in the gray, amorphous West Side, the residential enclave with cozy houses, tree-lined streets and close-knit community is luring young professionals looking to own their first homes.

“We were interested in Clintonville, but we couldn’t really afford Clintonville,” said Caleb Ely, who about a year ago moved to Westgate with his wife and two children. “Prices in Westgate were insanely reasonable.”

Camp Chase bike hub receives high priority rating

on Monday, 13 February 2012.

Proposed Camp Chase bike hub receives the highest priority rating

The proposed Camp Chase bike hub received a score of 11.25 and a high priority rating, according to the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Committee (MORPC).

Westside and central Ohio supporters have advocated for 47 acres of vacant property along the Wilson Road parkland area to be the location of a bicycle hub and recreational station.

The Ohio to Erie Trail (OTET) will be the longest paved trail in the U.S. once it is completed. The trail connects four major cities: Cleveland, Akron, Columbus and Cincinnati.

The goal is to extend the trail north through the Westside beginning with land that runs south of Hollywood Casino.

Former U.S. Senator Mike DeWine set aside $2 million for the bike trail when he was in office.

“This is a holistic and organic plan to bring value added assets to the Westside. Recent market studies have shown that locations near nature trails increase the value of homes up to 9 percent,” said Chris Haydocy, owner of Haydocy Automotives and president of the Weston Vision group.

The 104-mile south leg from Cincinnati to within about one-mile of Hollywood Casino would be completed by the end of the year.

Weston Vision and Consider Biking are committed to revitalize and sustain growth of the Westside and continue to take the lead on advocating and gaining endorsements from local businesses and the community.

Several organizations are helping to endorse the bike hub including the Westland Area Commission, The Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone and United Way of Central Ohio.

Two hundred and forty miles of the 300-mile bike trail has already been paved.

“The overall reaction from the public has been positive,” Haydocy said.

The bike hub is expected to attract thousands of out-of-town tourists.

“The bike hub will not only promote healthy life choices, but will be another magnet for small businesses to locate and thrive,” said the Franklin Township Trustees endorsement.

For information on the Camp Chase bike hub visit .

(by Brittany L. Browne, staff writer - February 13, 2012) Westside Messenger

Columbus Mileposts: Feb. 12, 1969 | Westland Mall’s debut draws crowd

on Monday, 13 February 2012.

Mostly vacant facility could be redeveloped into a regional retail destination

Thousands of shoppers and hundreds of business and civic leaders were on hand at 10 a.m. Feb. 12, 1969, as Westland Mall, the last of three Columbus regional malls developed in the 1960s, opened for business.

Lazarus had opened at the W. Broad Street site in 1962, years before the open-air mall was developed. With the arrival of the mall, Lazarus doubled the size of its department store to 171,000 square feet and added a pillared portico entrance. Other anchors were JCPenney and Sears.

Woman dies after struck by SUV on Broad St

on Thursday, 02 February 2012.

District has limited Sidewalks

A woman died after she was struck by a sport-utility vehicle while crossing W. Broad Street last night..

The crash occurred just after 8:30 p.m., as Robison attempted to cross W. Broad Street near the Broadlawn Avenue, in Franklin Township. The intersection is near the entrance of the Consumer Square West Shopping Center.

The woman was crossing with two men, a few hundred feet east of the traffic light intersection, Alvarado said.

County delays casino-area zoning plan

on Thursday, 02 February 2012.

There is a section that doesn’t have sidewalks and absolutely needs it

The Franklin County commissioners have scrapped a zoning plan for the area around the new Hollywood Casino Columbus because businesses owners voiced their disapproval.

The commissioners voted yesterday to postpone action for a year to give their economic-development team more time to collaborate with property owners near the Westland Mall.

Homes on the Hill Relocates

on Monday, 30 January 2012.

Greater access for the West side homeowners

Homes on the Hill is happy to announce our transition to our new office located at 3659 Soldano Blvd. in the Consumer Square West Shopping Center.  The office is in front of the Kroger on the northwest corner of the West Broad Street and Wilson Road intersection.  Our phone number will remain 275-4663 and email contact information will remain the same.  Please refer to our website for more information,

Consultant: West Side casino could lead to jobs, growth

on Saturday, 21 January 2012.

A consultant says that building Penn National Gaming’s Hollywood Casino could lead to 2,650 spinoff jobs in the area.

A market analysis released today by Maryland-based Robert Charles Lesser & Co. also said the area would support a new hotel and restaurants, and that there is an unmet demand for 250,000 square feet of retail space, 112,000 square feet of office/retail space and 570,000 square feet of industrial space.

Casino, Westland Mall area ripe for redevelopment, report finds

on Thursday, 19 January 2012.

A new report says Westland Mall could be redeveloped to take advantage of economic improvements in the West Broad Street corridor.

Boosted by Penn National Gaming Inc.’s upcoming Columbus casino and pent-up demand for retail services and housing, Columbus’ west side has the potential to support new development, according to a study released Thursday.

But the report from Robert Charles Lesser Co., a Washington, D.C.-based real estate advisory firm, also said such a revitalization will need to be kick-started with public investment and subsidies because of economic conditions along the Westland and West Broad Street corridor, which backers are calling the Weston area.

United Way supports Weston bike hub and trail!

on Wednesday, 04 January 2012.

Cites many positive factors

United Way of Central Ohio works collaboratively within the community to meet critical short-term needs, while at the same time, working to address key root causes that create challenges in the first place. Our community work focuses on four inter-related areas: education, income, health and home.

We believe Weston Vision's proposal to create a bicycle hub and embrace a new route for the Ohio to Erie trail along camp Chase railroad line in the Weston area is an excellent idea.

This proposal, if implemented, will create new opportunities to enhance education and awareness of healthy lifestyle habits and options for community members, especially those living on the West side. The proposal also will create opportunities for additional, much needed, economic development in the area, including food and retailing services for bicyclists who use the trail.

The timing is right for consideration of this proposal.  The new focus on the West Side created through the development of Hollywood Casino, creates a platform for all members of the community to come together in new ways.

We appreciate the opportunity to provide this letter of support.


Janet E. Jackson

 President and CEO

 United Way of Central Ohio

Weston Vision's case for Bike hub and trail support

on Tuesday, 27 December 2011.

The Ohio to Erie Trail (OTET) is a 300-mile network of multi-use trails connecting four major cities – Cincinnati, Columbus, Akron and Cleveland. To date, more than 240 miles have been completed. When it’s finished, the OTET will be the longest paved trail in America, with hundreds of thousands of visitors expected to travel it for short, regional or cross-state trips.


However, this important economic and cultural asset lacks connection on the West Side of Columbus. By the end of 2012, the 104-mile south leg - from Cincinnati to within one mile of the new Hollywood Casino Columbus – will be complete. The time is now for the central Ohio community to seize the opportunity to extend the trail route north through the West Side of Columbus, starting at land that runs just south of the new casino. What’s more, the 47 acres of undeveloped municipal parkland along Wilson Road serves as the ideal location for a bicycle hub and recreational station to assist residents and visitors alike in their journeys.


Construction on track for fall opening

on Tuesday, 27 December 2011.

Hiring process for 2,000 jobs will begin next spring

The outer shell of the Holly-wood Casino Columbus is taking shape, with construction workers on track to finish the project by next fall. Ameet Patel, the general manager, is watching the progress from his office trailer on the West Side site

Westgate Bike Commission Formed

on Friday, 09 December 2011.

WNA Bike Commission supports the proposed Camp Chase Trail Bike Station.

The Westgate Neighbors Association (WNA) Bike Commission was formed to make Westgate a bicycle friendly community in which cyclists and motorists can thrive and co-exist. Our efforts include educating the public on existing bike routes, and working with, and providing input to, Columbus leaders as to future trails. The WNA Bike Commission supports the proposed Camp Chase Trail Bike Station. The value that the Camp Chase Trail Bike Station could provide and the reasons for constructing a bicycle hub, or station, at the Wilson Road Parkland will not be discussed here. However, we will address the proposed routes connecting to the new hub

The Columbus NAACP to host a meeting with Penn GM

on Tuesday, 06 December 2011.

The Columbus NAACP, The Columbus Hispanic Chamber and 
Urban Trendsetters News Magazine
Invite You to A  V.I.P Meet and Greet Reception for 
Hollywood Casino General Manager, Ameet Patel

 7:15 PM-8:15 PM

  WHEN:    Thursday,   December 8, 2011 

                 7:15pm-8:15pm- Open Community Discussion 
    with Ameet Patel 
   WHERE:   Hadocy Pontiac
       3895 West Broad Street, Columbus,  OH  43228    

Please join us for this community 
event that will feature......................

*Highlights of the New Hollywood Casino Columbus

*Continued Building Efforts, Strategy and Completion

*Employment Opportunities

*Community Q & A with Ameet Patel
      Please send your  R.S.V.P. by email by December 1, 2011

Sponsored By     
   Event Coordinator, Regina Blount-Williams  

Consider Biking November Newsletter

on Saturday, 05 November 2011.

West-side Bike Hub

The City of Columbus has owned a nice property on the far West Side since the early 1970s waiting for the right time to develop it into a new park. With the coming of the new casino, now is the time and bicycling is the theme. Weston Vision Inc. with the help and support of Consider Biking,  ( ) is leading a team of West Side business and community leaders working to get this park developed with a great centerpiece: a brand spanking new bicycle hub. This bicycle hub will be more than a recreation hot spot. It will be an economic engine for the West Side of Columbus by attracting out of town tourists and their dollars as they cycle on the Camp Chase segment of the Ohio to Erie Trial. Consider Biking is already working to bring dollars into our region to help fund the planning of this much-needed bicycle hub.

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