Thisweek Community News: City hopes grant will fund most of Etna Road project

The city of Whitehall will apply for a multimillion-dollar grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission to improve Etna Road between South Hamilton and Country Club roads, Development Director Zach Woodruff said last week.

Legislation that would authorize Mayor Kim Maggard to apply for an Ohio Public Works Commission grant will be discussed during Whitehall City Council’s meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, at Whitehall City Hall, 365 S. Yearling Road, Woodruff said.

“Residents and property owners (on Etna Road) are encouraged to attend the meeting” and provide city officials with feedback about the proposed improvement project, he said.

Proposed upgrades include reconstruction of the road and the replacement of existing curbs and sidewalks, he said.

 

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The Columbus Dispatch: Whitehall Mayor Helps Raze Long-Vacant Apartment Building

Ever get so frustrated you want to break something? Kim Maggard has an answer: Demolish a building.

Maggard, Whitehall’s mayor, got first crack at an eyesore on Tuesday when she knocked down a wall of an abandoned three-story apartment building on Shumaker Lane near S. Hamilton Road.

“Actually, it felt very good,” Maggard said about taking an excavator with a grapple claw to the brick wall. “I wish I could do it more often.”

The 36-unit building has been vacant for six years, except for squatters who have called it home, Maggard said. Because it is so close to S. Hamilton, its decline has been noticeable to drivers entering the city from the north.

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Thisweek Community News: ‘This is Whitehall’ New Gateway Will Declare

Construction began last week on a 100-foot landscaped median designed to prop up Whitehall‘s standing in the eyes of visitors and businesses.

Work is underway on the median in the center of East Main Street between Collingwood and Maplewood avenues.

The 3-foot-tall structure will feature signs at each end that are visible to motorists entering and exiting the city from Columbus, specifically designed to create the distinction, Development Director Zach Woodruff said.

The purpose of the gateway, at the city’s western border with Columbus, is twofold.

It serves as both a clear boundary and a means to further bolster Whitehall’s economic opportunities, Woodruff said.

Secondly, it will help further development in Whitehall, he said.

“The city does not create (private-sector) jobs, but rather it creates the environment where it is attractive for businesses to bring the jobs,” Woodruff said.

 

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