Heartland Bank debuts renderings for new Whitehall corporate headquarters

Heartland Bank is fleshing out details of its new headquarters campus in Whitehall.

The 13-branch community bank has named Ruscilli Construction Co. Inc. as general contractor for the roughly $10 million project (including furniture and equipment), a planned move from its longtime headquarters in Gahanna that was first made public in March.

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Revived Chamber of Commerce Ready for Action

With the support of 11 newly seated board members, the Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce is ready to re-establish itself in the community.

Members will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at Sandoval Buick GMC, 300 N. Hamilton Road, for a two-hour social gathering meant to reintroduce the chamber to the community, increase exposure and build membership, said Joe Ryan, economic development specialist for Whitehall.

The roll-out was more than a year in the making. It began when Ryan was appointed in July 2015 as the city’s first economic development specialist to assist Development Director Zach Woodruff.

“Part of the reason (I was hired) was to promote existing businesses in our city and for business retention, and I took the lead recruiting business owners (for a board of directors),” Ryan said.

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Byers Imports doing upgrade of Whitehall Dealership

Byers Imports is doing a double upgrade of its Whitehall auto dealership.

George Byers Kauffman, Byers Auto Group vice president, said the company is making multi-million dollar improvements at 401 N. Hamilton Road both for its Subaru and Audi stores.

“This is something that’s needed,” he told me Thursday. “Subaru is a good seller, but they’ve been pushed here to the back of the building. It’s overdue that it gets its own dedicated facility.”

What was the 5,000-square-foot Audi building on the 19-acre site is being expanded and converted into a Subaru dealership expected to re-open in early June.

Kauffman believes it will be the largest in the state of Ohio.

“It’s going to have all the things our customers have been asking for,” he said.

Features include a dedicated service drive and amenities like wi-fi and charging stations and quiet rooms for customers who need to work while waiting for their vehicle. The building is being designed with Subaru’s new look, which Kauffman described as “outdoorsy,” fitting the brand’s reputation.

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Mark F. Taggart Co. lands key tenant for Whitehall industrial building


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Mark F. Taggart Co. has landed a pair of key tenants for industrial buildings in Whitehall and Gahanna, one of the leases filling a spec property in Gahanna.

The Columbus real estate firm signed the first tenant for its Air South Commerce Center under construction in Whitehall, with Continental Auto Parts LLC taking 50,000 square feet of the 140,000-square-foot building.

“They are going to be distributing high-quality aftermarket auto parts,” President Mark Taggart said. “They’re new to Columbus.”

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Heartland Bank chooses Whitehall for new HQ

Heartland Bank chooses Whitehall: The City of Whitehall announced at its State of the City Address Wednesday evening that Heartland Bank has chosen Whitehall for its new, expanded corporate headquarters.

Heartland’s plans include a two-story, 60,000-square-foot building located along North Hamilton Road at the gateway of Whitehall’s Community Park. The company has chosen the national architectural firm Moody Nolan for the project.

The corporate center, which will also feature Heartland’s 15th central Ohio branch office, will be positioned on a six-acre site that has served as the Whitehall Parks Maintenance Complex.

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Kroger Eyes Whitehall Site

Kroger Eyes Whitehall Site: Kroger Co. wants to move its Whitehall supermarket across Broad Street to the site of a former Big Bear, with financial assistance from the city.

The Cincinnati-based grocer would close its 65,000-square-foot store at 3675 E. Broad St. and open a 105,000-square-foot location on the west end of the Town and Country Shopping Center.

The former Big Bear and other nearby vacant storefronts – 150,000 square feet in all – would be demolished, said Zach Woodruff, director for the Whitehall Public Service/Building Department.

Kroger Eyes Whitehall Site

“It certainly has historical significance to Whitehall,” Woodruff said of the strip center at 3662-3712 E. Broad St. “(And) as the front door to our Broad Street gateway, that location has significance to us from a development standpoint.”

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Construction begins on New Industrial Building


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Construction begins on a new 140,000-square-foot industrial building on the corner of Hamilton Road and Poth Road. The first tenant on the Taggart Co. led project has been identified as an auto parts distributor that will bring 40 jobs to the City of Whitehall. The project is part of a three phase plan for the property which includes two additional industrial structures.

Craft beer: Childhood friends creating a brewery

Craft beer comes to Whitehall: In the cramped office in a Whitehall industrial park, the aspirations of Anthony McKeivier and Tony Hill are stacked in a pyramid atop a wooden desk.

Cardboard six-pack bottle totes rise to the ceiling: Columbus Brewing, Fat Head’s Brewery, SweetWater Brewing, Founders Brewing, Great Divide Brewing, Victory Brewing.

“That’s research and development,” McKeivier said.

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‘ThisWeekNews’ – District: Rise in property value means ‘good things happening’

Rise in property value: For the first time in eight years, property evaluation in the Whitehall City School District has increased, according to the district’s fiscal-year tax budget for 2017.

“This is a sign of good things happening in the school district from an economic-development standpoint,” Whitehall Treasurer Steve McAfee said.

The district’s evaluation increased from $217.9 million last year to $221.8 million this year, according to the tax budget.

The rise is attributed chiefly to an increase in the value of commercial property in the district, McAfee said.

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