Franklin Township Suppports Bike Hub

on Friday, 04 November 2011.

The Franklin Township Trustees believe great things are coming to the Westside of Columbus; We agree that we need to continue the momentum that began with the construction of the Casino, the redevelopment of Georgesville Road, the planned changes to Broad Street, and the zoning overlays that have been approved for our area. We see the proposed bike hub as another step in this revitalization. The bike hub not only will promote healthy life choices, but will be another magnet for small businesses to locate and thrive. For these reasons, the Franklin Township Trustees support the pursuit of locating a bike hub in the Wilson Park area.

Thank you for your continued support of the Westside.


Friends of Westgate Park endorse Bike Hub Vision

on Saturday, 29 October 2011.

October 27,2011

Dear Mr. Haydocy,

Friends of Westgate Park Board of Trustees would like to express our support for the proposed bike hub to be located on the Westside at the site of the undeveloped city parkland just west of South Wilson Road between West Broad Street and Sullivant Avenue:


Western Credit Union Supports bike hub

on Wednesday, 26 October 2011.

As you know, over these past many months Western Credit Union has worked diligently along with Weston Vision, Inc., other private and public entities and local citizens to recast a new direction, a new vision and, as a result, restore prosperity and vitality to the Westside of Columbus.

Western's support of these important efforts is spurred, in part( by the fact that Western has been located on the Westside since its origin in 1954. Many of our 10,000+ members call this area home. It is also driven by the fact that we have, over the last decade, seen a once-proud and thriving area become much less than what it should be and has true potential to become. With those drivers in mind, it is very easy for Western to work and be in support of those efforts to transform the Westside from the "forgotten side" to one where it is once again a great place to work, live and operate a business.

Highland West bicycle hub endorsement

on Wednesday, 26 October 2011.

TO: Weston Vision, Inc.

Whereas the Highland West Neighbors Association sees great value in the establishment of a bicycle hub on the west side of Columbus in the City -owned parklands on Wilson Road, our organization by majority vote lends this endeavour our support.

The majority of our board members do recommend choosing another name that would be more marketable to the entire city, particularly those who do not live on the west side among whom the name is not well known.

Given this 8th day of September, 2011.

Highland West Neighnors Association

WAC hears of casino-related potential

on Wednesday, 26 October 2011.

West Side redevelopment

It is going to take a lot of work to ensure sound redevelopment of the Westland area after a casino is built.

That was the general consensus among Westland Area Commission members at their Oct. 19 meeting. The group heard an update from Chris Hadocy of Hadocy Automotive, who is also a member of the community group called Weston Vision, a nonprofit entity that is closely involved in redevelopment plans for the area.

“The casino is not a perfect solution,” Hadocy said, “but it could be the catalytic event to change the face of the West Side.”

A Step Forward

on Wednesday, 19 October 2011.

Just two short years ago the area around Broad St and Georgesville Road (Weston District) was named the "Loneliest Neighborhood in America”; today’s headline ‘West side development is predicted but It won’t be another Las Vegas” is great news for the Weston district!

Weston Vision Inc. never envisioned the West side to be a “Las Vegas”, but rather our plan is to maximize the impact of a 400 million dollar, 2,000 employees and 5 million visitors a year business. Our goal is to work with all stakeholders to create a “vibrant, diverse, safe, economic powerhouse of a district which happens to have a casino"

The recent City of Columbus/Franklin County/ Central Ohio Community Improvement Corporation plan clearly spells out we can not only shed “The loneliest neighborhood” designation but truly revitalize this district and create 4,500 additional jobs!

The “Weston Area Redevelopment Study” is another giant step forward for this district and a solid blueprint/strategy which we must follow to maximize our revitalization efforts and truly make this a gateway which all central Ohio will be proud of.


Weston Board

View the Weston Redevelopment Study

on Wednesday, 19 October 2011.

The October 19th RCLCO Weston redevelopment study (including the interactive imaging) can be viewed and downloaded at the following site address.

Before this City of Columbus, Franklin County, Central Ohio Community Improvement Corporation study much of our vision was based on hypothetical views; now we know that the Weston District not only can be revitalizied but we have a roadmap to follow!

If you have any questions or comment please contact


Firm Sheds Light On Possible Redevelopment Around Casino

on Thursday, 13 October 2011.


As the casino on Columbus' west side takes shape, it's becoming more clear about how many jobs could be on the way because of it.

At a public meeting Wednesday night, a real estate strategy consulting firm, RCLCO, which was paid $100,000 from the City of Columbus and Franklin County, released conceptual drawings on how the area around the casino could be redeveloped.

It marked the culmination of six months of research in the area.

Casino searching for 3,500 workers during construction

on Wednesday, 12 October 2011.

Job-seekers lined up yesterday for a chance at one of up to 3,500 construction jobs being created in connection with Hollywood Casino Columbus, the planned West Side casino.

The two-day job fair, organized by the Columbus NAACP, is turning the otherwise desolate Westland Mall into a hub of activity, with more than 30 prospective employers accepting applications.

Join us on October 12th to make your voice heard!

on Saturday, 01 October 2011.

Weston Economic Development Strategy Public Meeting

You are invited to a public meeting to discuss the ongoing efforts to promote economic growth within the West Side neighborhood surrounding the new Hollywood Casino. RCLCO, a real estate advisory firm based in Bethesda, MD, will lead the conversation and share findings from the economic development strategy. This analysis was shaped through extensive research, as well as conversations with local developers,property owners, renters, homeowners, business operators, and government officials.

Please join the conversation and make your voice heard!

Join us on October 12 to make your voice heard!

Wednesday October 12, 2011  6:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m.

 RSVP on the Central Ohio Community Improvement Corporation Facebook page

Location: Haydocy Community Meeting Room

3865 West Broad St.

Columbus, OH 43228

Casino jobs fair to focus on construction trades

on Thursday, 29 September 2011.

Workers wanting a crack at one of the construction jobs at Penn National Gaming Inc.    Penn National Gaming Inc. Latest from The Business Journals Penn National picks managers for Toledo casinoSpringfield's Westinghouse site eyed for casinoNationwide Arena deal reached to support struggling Blue Jackets ’s Columbus casino will want to head to Westland Mall on Oct. 11-12.

The Wyomissing, Pa.-based gaming company is one of the sponsors for the “Hard Hat to Hollywood Construction Jobs Fair” those days at the mall, which sits across Georgesville Road from Penn’s Hollywood Casino site. The jobs fair will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 11, and noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 12

We need your help!

on Monday, 26 September 2011.

Plan to attend Economic Development Strategy Public Meeting


Economic Development Strategy Public Meeting
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Haydocy Community Meeting Room
3865 West Broad St
Columbus, Ohio 43228

Plan Calls For Casino Money To Keep Blue Jackets In Columbus

on Thursday, 15 September 2011.


After years of uncertainty surrounding the future of the Columbus Blue Jackets, a plan has now been proposed to city and county leaders that would bail out the franchise, using public money, while ensuring the team would stay for years to come.

Wednesday afternoon, a finance subcommittee charged with finding a way to keep the Blue Jackets in Columbus presented the plan.

According to the plan, the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority would buy Nationwide Arena for $42.5 million. The arena cost $165 million to build roughly a decade ago.

Shalom Zone Embraces Bicycle Hub

on Thursday, 01 September 2011.

Letter of Support

The Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone works diligently to create inventive networks of transformative support for local residents through material, spiritual, economic, and social asset-based community development. We strive to serve the Hilltop through partnership, and the Weston Vision Group can consider the Zone a collaborative friend regarding socially-responsible economic progress on the Westside of Columbus.

Our Board of Directors believes that your proposal to create a bicycle hub and embracing a new route for the Ohio to Erie Trail along the Camp Chase Railroad line in the Weston area is entirely in line with our commitments to develop the prosperity and economy of our community, to strengthen sustainable relationships among our neighbors, and to improve community health through collaboration, meaningful work,and innovation.

Link to Central Ohio Community Improvement Corporation facebook

on Thursday, 01 September 2011.


On July 14, 2011 the Central Ohio Community Improvement Corporation, COCIC, hosted a public meeting about opportunities for revitalization in the West Side for the neighborhood surrounding the new casino. Over 150 community member joined the meeting to share their thoughts and to help shape the redevelopment strategy for the neighborhood.  If you were unable to participate in the meeting, we invite you to join the conversation via facebook.  The Central Ohio Community Improvement Corporation facebook page has a link to the public meeting presentation, news articles, and weekly questions posited to the facebook community. 

To join the facebook page, simply go to, search for Central Ohio Community Improvement Corporation, and “like” the page.  When you visit the page, please also take a moment to respond to some of our questions.  Keep your eyes open for information about the next public meeting as well – date, time, and location will all be posted on facebook.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and to seeing you at the next public meeting.

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