Petitions filed for Walmart referendum

Petitions filed for Walmart referendum

There are 53 comments on the ThisWeek Community Newspapers story from Aug 3, 2011, titled Petitions filed for Walmart referendum. In it, ThisWeek Community Newspapers reports that:

The city of Westerville has received 125 petitions containing 2,330 signatures to place a referendum of council's Westerville Square redevelopment decision before voters.

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Cmon man

Naperville, IL

#1 Aug 4, 2011
Can the redevelopment move forward or do they have to wait now? More info would help.
Seriously

Grove City, OH

#2 Aug 4, 2011
Have any of these people been by the proposed development as is??? IT IS AN EMPTY DUMP!!!!!! I think the plan looks like a great improvement to what is there now!
BilloffSchrock

Mcconnelsville, OH

#3 Aug 4, 2011
Traffic,Traffic,Traffic will ruin Location,Location,Location
of current businesses in the area if the plans proceed.
I know I would avoid the area as the traffic would be
frustrating. I realize the area needs a lift but a Walmart
is obviously not the answer.
Mark

AOL

#4 Aug 4, 2011
Im looking forward to a closer wal mart here.....But i guess, this is to keep people on morse road , for all the bad neighborhood......
Blue and Gold

Westerville, OH

#5 Aug 4, 2011
The only reason these people are protesting the Wal-mart is their fear of others they perceive as being different from themselves. They don't want anyone new coming into the city. You know, like the people who shop at the nearest Wal-marts. Read into that what you will because it's true.

Hadler has every right to put a retail store into that location. If it had been any other type of store with a similar redevelopment plan, you wouldn't have heard a peep from these NIMBYs.
Wallman

Westerville, OH

#6 Aug 5, 2011
I would like to know how many that signed live in the immediate area. Traffic is a stupid complaint. What are you going to do, tear down the center and build houses? Not. The reworking of the center would be great for the area both for appearance and tax base. The area looks like crap now. If you don,t like wall mart simply don't shop there. I live less than a mile from the center and will enjoy the improvements. I think if there is a vote it should be restricted to residents only, with in area's affected
Push Forward

Columbus, OH

#7 Aug 5, 2011
I'm growing tired of those who are fighting the development of this strip mall. If it were Whole Foods or The Andersons, there would be nothing but "hugs and kisses" from the locals.

The traffic issue is just a bogus reason. I heard the person yesterday at the library telling someone that Walmart would "steal $300,000 of grocery business" from the other grocery stores like Kroger and Giant Eagle."

Gimme a break. Let's move forward with the redevelopment process.
These people aint right

Seymour, IL

#8 Aug 5, 2011
Push Forward wrote:
I'm growing tired of those who are fighting the development of this strip mall. If it were Whole Foods or The Andersons, there would be nothing but "hugs and kisses" from the locals.
The traffic issue is just a bogus reason. I heard the person yesterday at the library telling someone that Walmart would "steal $300,000 of grocery business" from the other grocery stores like Kroger and Giant Eagle."
Gimme a break. Let's move forward with the redevelopment process.
Good point. It seems that this group is against free market eneterprise. 300,000 is a drop in the bucket for those two chains.$150,000 each? They'll never even bat an eye.
These people aint right

Seymour, IL

#9 Aug 5, 2011
Wallman wrote:
I would like to know how many that signed live in the immediate area. Traffic is a stupid complaint. What are you going to do, tear down the center and build houses? Not. The reworking of the center would be great for the area both for appearance and tax base. The area looks like crap now. If you don,t like wall mart simply don't shop there. I live less than a mile from the center and will enjoy the improvements. I think if there is a vote it should be restricted to residents only, with in area's affected
No I disagree on the vote, should be city wide as this is will provide a boost in tax revenue for the entire city, not just their vacant little corner of the world.
Not a Job Killer

Columbus, OH

#10 Aug 5, 2011
The anti-Wal Mart people are also anti-raise my taxes, which is counterintuitive. There's no proof that traffic will get any worse due to the store, and none of them have alternatives. As for perception, I don't hear Lewis Center residents complain about WM hurting their town image. Will I shop there? No, I'm not a WM fan and this could hurt Roush Hardware and other small businesses far more than larger businesses. But if it adds jobs and tax revenue instead of the current eyesore, move forward. If it doesn't meet sales goals, WM will close it and move elsewhere. The referendum is a waste of my taxes and time.
Wallman

Westerville, OH

#11 Aug 5, 2011
Seymore, I don't think you understand what I mean. I do not believe this affects residents north of county line or even college. Just like when we vote on liquor license, limited vote for the affected area.
Wallman

Westerville, OH

#12 Aug 5, 2011
As for business killer. If you can't compete you can't survive. Competition creates lower prices.
Cmon man

Seymour, IL

#13 Aug 5, 2011
BilloffSchrock wrote:
Traffic,Traffic,Traffic will ruin Location,Location,Location
of current businesses in the area if the plans proceed.
I know I would avoid the area as the traffic would be
frustrating. I realize the area needs a lift but a Walmart
is obviously not the answer.
What is the answer Bill?
Mike fm Taxerville

Dublin, OH

#14 Aug 5, 2011
Blue and Gold wrote:
The only reason these people are protesting the Wal-mart is their fear of others they perceive as being different from themselves. They don't want anyone new coming into the city. You know, like the people who shop at the nearest Wal-marts. Read into that what you will because it's true.
Hadler has every right to put a retail store into that location. If it had been any other type of store with a similar redevelopment plan, you wouldn't have heard a peep from these NIMBYs.
Do the anti-walmart people have to right to collect signatures and put a referendum on the ballot?

You want Hadler to have a "right" but not the anti - walmart people. Sounds two face to me.

Do you belive that Hadler has the right to put in a Strip Club or Adult book store in there, by your statement you do.
Cmon man

Seymour, IL

#15 Aug 5, 2011
Mike fm Taxerville wrote:
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Do the anti-walmart people have to right to collect signatures and put a referendum on the ballot?
You want Hadler to have a "right" but not the anti - walmart people. Sounds two face to me.
Do you belive that Hadler has the right to put in a Strip Club or Adult book store in there, by your statement you do.
According to the city code Hadler does have the right to an adult oriented business although the city does make very difficult...careful what you wish for.

http://www.amlegal.com/nxt/gateway.dll/Ohio/w... $fn=default.htm$3.0$vid=amlega l:westerville_oh
Mike fm Taxerville

Dublin, OH

#16 Aug 5, 2011
Cmon man wrote:
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According to the city code Hadler does have the right to an adult oriented business although the city does make very difficult...careful what you wish for.
http://www.amlegal.com/nxt/gateway.dll/Ohio/w... $fn=default.htm$3.0$vid=amlega l:westerville_oh
If I think alot like a lot of you - "Its better than a empty dump looking building" - then why not put a adult oriented business in there.

Then nobody should complain about the "undesireables" that a store like that would bring in.

Am I right?
Cmon man

Seymour, IL

#17 Aug 5, 2011
Mike fm Taxerville wrote:
<quoted text>
If I think alot like a lot of you - "Its better than a empty dump looking building" - then why not put a adult oriented business in there.
Then nobody should complain about the "undesireables" that a store like that would bring in.
Am I right?
Not necessarily, I think (nad hpoe) you would see much more of an uproar in the community. I know you are against any big box store going in, however I was just pointing out it could be worse. I just think there are better battles to fight (school taxes) than this one.
Westerville Resident

Marengo, OH

#18 Aug 5, 2011
I signed the petition because I believe this should be something voted on by the entire community. This is such a heated arguement in our city right now. I personally do not want a Walmart but if it was on the ballot and won, I would accept that it is what everyone in the community wants. Let us (the residents) vote and decide.
Wallman

Westerville, OH

#19 Aug 5, 2011
This is not an issue that should be voted on by anyone. The area is zoned for business. It should be solely up to the landlord the business and zoning regulations. It is not alright to be ok with Big Bear or Lazarus as an anchor store but lock out other business' because of bias views. I agree that we should not be focused on this issue but should really be looking at how our school system can't seem to spend within their means as they figure out how much more money they need in the soon to come levy. Maybe all of wallmart taxes should be sent to the schools
Sad But True

Westerville, OH

#20 Aug 5, 2011
When all is said and done this will be built. Most but not all will be happy-until Walmart closes that dump on Morse road due to the decline of the clientel. Imagine what EVERYONE that thinks the Westerville Walmart is SO GREAT will think when these customers hit town. Imagine what Westerville Square is going to look like in just one year when we have a COTA stop with Walmart carts strewn about all over the sidewalk, maybe even a stray cart rolling onto rt. 3 during rush hour? I just can't wait for the first sirens to wake me... At least I live within walking distance to save 30cents on my $50 purchase.

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