Foes of a Westerville Walmart look to fall ballot | The Columbus Dispatch

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A group of residents has vowed to seek a referendum in an attempt to block a planned Walmart in Westerville, but the developer said the residents have no legal ground.
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poor westerville , lets sit on property that can be used for something beside a pigeon coop and rats nest. level it and get something in there worth while.
it would do you some good to have some money in the center there. I have lived in cols since 1990 and know the area well. you need to pick up the slack or it'll turn into northern lights or northland.

youve got 2 strip malls within a mile that could do for a makeover.
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I think it should be put to a vote, There has been alot of people for and against this issue, I think the people should have the final say on this. If a majority votes for it, then so be it. But if a majority vote against it, then bye bye Walmart.
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At one time I had a store in that center, and dealing with the Hadler Co, was a nightmare. You couldn't trust them 25 years ago and I don't think you can take them at their word now!1009
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Westerville wrote:
I think it should be put to a vote, There has been alot of people for and against this issue, I think the people should have the final say on this. If a majority votes for it, then so be it. But if a majority vote against it, then bye bye Walmart.
Private property management by democracy. Hmmmmm.... At first glance it looks like just another bad idea. On further reflection it's a HORRIBLE idea.

I think you should have to paint your house pink. Let's have a vote.
Dwight

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Just exactly when does the "majority rule" idea get the power to over ride the constitution?

Walmart is a legal, law abiding, moral business.

There is no standing to deny them the opportunity to buy the land (or lease) and do business.

Or am I wrong and this has been changed to Obummer's "Union of Socialist States of America"?
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I just don't get it. What are the people of Westerville so afraid of? In todays economy we need all the help we can get.
It is not like you don't have one of the largest population of Somalis in the country living in you're town. You cannot get much lower than that.
Are you still pretending it is 1985??????
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Perhaps,a Nordstrom or a Von Maur would be a better fit? You currently have a ran down property that's been an eyesore for many years. Did those of you, currently petitioning, advocate for developing that site? Oh, for God's sake, get a life.
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One would think that a Walmart would generate a lot more in property taxes than the rundown stuff that is there now. That is, if Westerville didn't give that away with some sort of abatement in the deal to bring them in in the first place. But, if they did give it away, maybe that was by referendum and could be voted upon? Good Luck!
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Westerville had a chance to support other businesses in that location. It obviously wasn't enough to keep them there. That corner needs redone more than the town needs to keep out a Walmart.
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A Walmart at that particular intersection could be a major headache where traffic is already a nightmare. Opening a Walmart is kind of a big deal; it's going to impact the community in all kinds of ways, some good, some bad. I think it's prudent to let the residents there vote and decide if they want it or not.
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Michael C wrote:
A Walmart at that particular intersection could be a major headache where traffic is already a nightmare. Opening a Walmart is kind of a big deal; it's going to impact the community in all kinds of ways, some good, some bad. I think it's prudent to let the residents there vote and decide if they want it or not.
Did you vote on the Kroger? Big Lots? Panera? City BBQ? Flowerama?

No?

Because that's not how it works.
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Lame wrote:
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Did you vote on the Kroger? Big Lots? Panera? City BBQ? Flowerama?
No?
Because that's not how it works.
Not to mention A&P, Big Bear, Buckeye Mart, TG&Y, Lazarus (former tenants of the center).

And to those people clamoring for Whole Foods, or Andersons or Barnes & Noble, if they wanted to be there they had plenty of opportunity. If Westerville is where they wanted to be, they certainly could have found space at Westerville Mall or Westerville Square.

You can't tie up someone's property on a pipe dream.
zEnzyte Bob ex-Paid Cust

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Speaking of which ... if I were Hadler and this is put up for a vote and defeated, I would just tear down the dividing walls and let Walmart move in as is. I would be LMAO at all the nimby nutcases if he did that.

In fact, that's what I would announce prior to any vote ......... that the Walmart is going in, one way or another!
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who cares
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Lame wrote:
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Did you vote on the Kroger? Big Lots? Panera? City BBQ? Flowerama?
No?
Because that's not how it works.
I didn't mean to rankle you. I just think that a Walmart is the 'highest and best use' for that particular parcel of land. I'm all for what's best for any community, but building a Walmart there is a bad idea, IMO. However, if the citizens of Westerville vote on it and want it there, then good for them. A better location would have been the old Micro Center, but that's just me.
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Sorry I meant to type 'Not' the higest and best use.
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Bravo, Westerville citizens. If your City Council is listening to big business instead of to their constituents, then I commend you for going for a referendum.

Hmmm. This kind of sounds like the Kasich administration,doesn't it?
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wonder wrote:
One would think that a Walmart would generate a lot more in property taxes than the rundown stuff that is there now. That is, if Westerville didn't give that away with some sort of abatement in the deal to bring them in in the first place. But, if they did give it away, maybe that was by referendum and could be voted upon? Good Luck!
You don't understand what Property Taxes are, do you? Hadler's still paying taxes on his rundown stuff now. He doesn't give a rats a$$ about Westerville, just his whatever his cut must be from walstore.
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zEnzyte Bob ex-Paid Cust wrote:
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Not to mention A&P, Big Bear, Buckeye Mart, TG&Y, Lazarus (former tenants of the center).
And to those people clamoring for Whole Foods, or Andersons or Barnes & Noble, if they wanted to be there they had plenty of opportunity. If Westerville is where they wanted to be, they certainly could have found space at Westerville Mall or Westerville Square.
You can't tie up someone's property on a pipe dream.
NONE of the places you mention were 24 HOURS A DAY.
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zEnzyte Bob ex-Paid Cust wrote:
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Not to mention A&P, Big Bear, Buckeye Mart, TG&Y, Lazarus (former tenants of the center).
And to those people clamoring for Whole Foods, or Andersons or Barnes & Noble, if they wanted to be there they had plenty of opportunity. If Westerville is where they wanted to be, they certainly could have found space at Westerville Mall or Westerville Square.
You can't tie up someone's property on a pipe dream.
None of the places you mention were 24 hours a day. Completely different ball game

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