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.
Fresh off the recent openings of the Eastway communities off East Broad Street, Homeport has been awarded financing to advance another affordable senior apartment community in Whitehall.
Construction of the 64-apartment “Hamilton Crossing” community at the southeast corner of Etna and Hamilton roads could begin in late spring 2016 thanks to an allocation of $1 million in Low Income Housing Tax Credits through the Ohio Housing Financing Agency.
“This is a big moment for Homeport. This is a big moment for Whitehall. This is a wonderful opportunity for the residents who will be able to move there in the summer of 2017,” said Amy Klaben, President/CEO of Homeport.
Water lines in Marble Cliff, road work in Whitehall and fiber-optics in Upper Arlington probably will be the first recipients of a county loan program to help economic-development projects get over the financial hump.
The Franklin County Infrastructure Bank advisory board approved all three projects on Tuesday. County commissioners must give the final approval.
“They all look good, and I would be shocked if they don’t receive it,” Commissioner John O’Grady said. “Staff was very high on them.”
”I can tell you that without this funding, this project would not go forward,” said Zach Woodruff, Whitehall’s director of development and public service.
Today, it’s an airport-area hotel, a place where $100 will get you a king-size bed and a continental breakfast. But soon, the Ramada Inn near the corner of E. Broad Street and S. Hamilton Road in Whitehall could become something much different.
Last week, the city announced that it was working with Wallick Communities to transform the hotel to an assisted-living facility for seniors. A massive redevelopment would fashion the old hotel property into 131 private suites designed around a cafe and lounge.
Tonight, the Whitehall City Council will take its first look at the city’s piece of the deal: a proposed 10-year, 40 percent property-tax abatement on the estimated $8.4 million project. For Whitehall, swapping a hotel for a senior community development feeds into a larger goal of improving conditions along one of the city’s key roads.
It is painfully clear that the current U.S. economic recovery has been a meager one, with the benefits highly concentrated among the wealthiest. The notion that “a rising tide” lifts all boats has been sunk, along with the good ship middle class.
Geographically as well, the recovery has been concentrated in a relative handful of regions. Nationwide, real per capita GDP rose a meager 3.8% from 2010 through 2013, according to new Bureau of Economic Analysis numbers. An analysis of the data by urban expertAaron Renn shows that a handful of metropolitan areas have enjoyed much faster growth. For the most part, these are areas that have cashed in on the current technology or energy booms, and in some cases, both. Also, surprisingly, there have been some very good gains in some of the nation’s long-distressed industrial heartland metro areas, as the combination of energy development and a resurgent automobile industry have boosted regional GDP.
The Columbus area economy is gaining on Cleveland and Cincinnati and may be poised to pass them in coming years.
Columbus’ economy grew by 3.3 percent in 2013 compared with 2.1 percent in Cincinnati and 0.5 percent in Cleveland, according to a U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis report released yesterday. Central Ohio has outperformed Cincinnati and Cleveland every year since economic growth resumed in 2010 after the recession.
The central Ohio economy last year stood at $114 billion, the 30th largest in the country, the report showed. Cleveland still had the largest economy in the state and was No. 26 overall at $123 billion, and Cincinnati has the 28th largest economy at $119 billion. Read the rest of the story here.
The Whitehall Community Improvement Corp. has put the former Oasis Corp. water cooler and water fountain manufacturing and distribution complex at 4800 Poth Road in contract as part of a plan to have Columbus developers Mark W. Taggart Co. and Fed One Dublin redevelop 30 acres of the 35-acre property.
The project also calls for about 10,000 square feet of commercial development at Poth and Hamilton roads for a medical office building or single-tenant retailer and the eventual construction of a 225,000-square-foot industrial building on land north of the shuttered manufacturing building.
Whitehall has landed its first tenant for its fledgling business park, a move that officials hope will jump-start activity there.
Rite Rug will lease a 150,000-square-foot space in the Airport South Commerce & Tech Park, the city announced yesterday.
“Economic development is a momentum business, and getting an anchor or new business with the reputation of a Rite Rug will help us with other developers,” said Zach Woodruff, Whitehall’s director of development.
On Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 the City of Whitehall announced its new Airport South Commerce & Tech Park, located on Poth Road, between Hamilton and Yearling roads. Click here to read the full release.
Columbus Business First, The Columbus Dispatch, ThisWeek Whitehall News, Columbus CEO Magazine, WBNS-10TV News and WCMH-4 have picked up on this exciting announcement for the central Ohio business community. Click on the hyperlinks and see below for the coverage.
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360 S. Yearling Road
Whitehall, OH 43213
360 S. Yearling Road
Whitehall, OH 43213