Thisweek Community News: Design firm’s home exemplar to businesses mulling move

Whitehall Development Director Zach Woodruff says signs of the city’s continuing commercial rebirth are evident on South Hamilton Road and beyond.

With the success of Priority Designs 100 S. Hamilton Road, and the addition of Economic Development Specialist Joe Ryan to the city’s staff in July, Woodruff said the city is poised for even greater accomplishments.

“Priority Designs was a home run,” said Woodruff, whom Mayor Kim Maggard named development director in late 2011.

The city purchased the former car lot and in turn sold it to Priority Designs, which relocated from Gahanna after Whitehall and the company struck an agreement.

Read the full story in Thisweek here.


mayor at priority designs

Owners of Priority Design Paul and Lois Kolada with Whitehall Mayor Kim Maggard








office priority designs

Showroom area converted into open office








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City of Whitehall employees, business owners, and citizens enjoying the open house








25th anniversary priority

A celebration of 25 years since the founding of Priority Designs







The Columbus Dispatch: Whitehall seeks state grant to redo Hamilton Rd. near airport business park

New Gateway on Hamilton Rd.

Proposed new gateway on Hamilton Rd.


The project is contingent on a successful application for nearly $2 million from the Ohio Public Works Commission.

Development Director Zach Woodruff said the proposal calls for improvements to about a third of a mile of N. Hamilton Road from the city limits at the railroad bridge south to Poth Road. The section of N. Hamilton Road from the railroad bridge south to Woodcliff Drive would be divided with a landscaped median.

The plans also call for upgraded bus stops at Hamilton Road’s intersections with Woodcliff Drive and Poth Road; a new traffic signal just north of Poth Road; and a paved recreational trail on the east side of N. Hamilton that would provide pedestrian access to Whitehall Community Park. The trail would extend from Woodcliff Drive south to Poth Road.

Read the full story in The Dispatch here.