With quick access to downtown Columbus, the 270-beltway loop and John Glenn International Airport, it’s no surprise that the East Broad Corridor in Whitehall has attracted public and private investment to the tune of over $326 million in completed, in progress and committed projects since 2010. Learn about some major projects along East Broad below.
Tripling the size of the previous Whitehall branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, the new branch at 4445 East Broad Street opened in 2015 and features over 20,000 square feet of community space, with new computer terminals, meeting and community rooms, dedicated areas for children and teens, a recording studio and more. The investment from Columbus Metropolitan Library totaled approximately $7.6 million.
Wasserstrom Company, a world-leading distributor and supplier of food-service equipment, made a new home in Whitehall for 225 of its 1,800 employees in 2017. The company’s new headquarters – housing its’ sales, support, human resources, finance, IT and purchasing functions – comes in at 50,000 square feet.
Whitehall has an unprecedented opportunity to bring a one-of-a-kind development to the corner of Broad and Hamilton. As announced in mid-March, the City has partnered with national real estate developer, N.R. Investments who will lead a dynamic public-private partnership to develop the 50-acre site. The City and N.R. will work closely with Duany, Plater-Zyberk & Co (DPZ), a national leader in planning, urban design and architecture, to create a comprehensive, phased-plan to develop the site in a way that truly reflects Whitehall. Learn more >>
Later in 2020, the Robert Weiler Company is due to break ground on the Broadwood Apartment complex at the former Robinwood School and Safe Auto site at the corner of broad Street and Robinwood Avenue. This new four building, 96-unit market-rate apartment complex will absolutely add value to the mix of new amenities coming to the Broad Street corridor, including a Starbucks.
Capital Fiber Plan:
The City of Whitehall has partnered with the cities of Bexley, Gahanna and Reynoldsburg to create a regional, community-based, high-capacity fiber optic
utility by installing more than 34 miles of new dark fiber covering six
jurisdictions within Franklin County. In Whitehall specifically, the utility will connect from Hamilton Road, south to Poth Road, crossing Broad Street, down Yearling Road and then west on Main Street to Bexley.
Once installed, this new utility will connect the partnering municipalities, build the infrastructure necessary for a joint-use agreement and allow the continued expansion of the State of Ohio 100G network. This project is funded in part by a $1 million grant from the State of Ohio Capital budget and is anticipated to be completed in 2020.
The intersection of E. Broad Street (SR-16) and Hamilton Road (SR-317) has been identified for future improvements by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). Intersection improvement studies are underway and upgrades are anticipated as early as 2022.