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.