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.

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.

Read the full story in The Dispatch here.

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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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Homeport: 64 Apartments Slated for Property Once Home to ‘Swimland’

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.

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The Columbus Dispatch: 3 surburban projects closer to new economic-development loans

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.

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The Columbus Dispatch: Senior Housing Planned For Remada Inn in Whitehall

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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.

Read the full story in The Dispatch here.


Forbes: The Cities That Are Benefiting The Most From The Economic Recovery

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.

Click here to see where Columbus falls on Forbes’ list.

The Columbus Dispatch: Columbus economy may soon overtake Cleveland, Cincinnati

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.