Westerville Square Walmart gains council approval

Westerville mayor Kathleen Cocuzzi and council chair Michael Heyeck listen to George Hadler speak about the benefits of the proposed redevelopment. Full Story
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taxpayer

Reynoldsburg, OH

#1 Jul 6, 2011
Just wait until the police department is inundated with calls to this place and the traffic will be unimaginable-just look at Reynoldsburg and Whitehall and you will see what Westerville Walmart will look like..
jim

Westerville, OH

#2 Jul 6, 2011
So Hadler Co. did not get any tax abatements, they must be fools. Now Westerville will get added tax revenue and save money shopping at Walmart, what a win win for the city.
Concerned

Lewis Center, OH

#3 Jul 6, 2011
I don't care if the Hadlers promised $250,000 for traffic improvments or not. What are you going to improve? There's no room to expand neither State nor Shrock there. That intersection is horrible already; when Wal-mart comes in it will be impossible to drive through there. Every other business in the immediate area will lose business due to the increase in traffic taking alternate routes away from that area.
Mike fm Taxerville

Columbus, OH

#4 Jul 6, 2011
It is what it is about having a big box store there. They are within city codes.

The 24 hour thing - Bad ideal.

I just hope that the 4 that voted for it gets a great kick back from Hadler/Walmart.

Walmart said that the 24 hour ops was a big deal. That could of been the "out" the city was looking for to not have a big box store there.

Please remember the local(not the city council) residents will have to vote to let Walmart sale alcohol.
Liz L

Columbus, OH

#5 Jul 6, 2011
Mike fm Taxerville wrote:
It is what it is about having a big box store there. They are within city codes.
The 24 hour thing - Bad ideal.
I just hope that the 4 that voted for it gets a great kick back from Hadler/Walmart.
Walmart said that the 24 hour ops was a big deal. That could of been the "out" the city was looking for to not have a big box store there.
Please remember the local(not the city council) residents will have to vote to let Walmart sale alcohol.
I like a 24 hour operation. If I need a snack at 3:00 a.m. off to WallyMart I go!!
Close to otterbein rd

Westerville, OH

#6 Jul 6, 2011
I see 6 incumbents going down this fall, We will remember this come election day!
Brian D

Westerville, OH

#7 Jul 6, 2011
Bad Wal-Mart decision.
It appears big corporate persuasion got the best of our city council. This is a failure of representing the community and will be the demise of uptown and small community based businesses in the vicinity. I thought Westerville attempts to portray a certain image of its community? It may create jobs and bring in tax revenue into the community, however long term, it will taint the community. Visit nearly every Wal-Mart in the greater Columbus area and notice the rift-raft they attract. Id rather look at vacant building than the Scum-hole Wal-Mart will become. Having a Wal-Mart does not fit the image Westerville has been attempting to portray. The community has just taken a hit on quality of living and its reputation.
Carolee Luberto

Zanesville, OH

#8 Jul 6, 2011
Brian D wrote:
Bad Wal-Mart decision.
It appears big corporate persuasion got the best of our city council. This is a failure of representing the community and will be the demise of uptown and small community based businesses in the vicinity. I thought Westerville attempts to portray a certain image of its community? It may create jobs and bring in tax revenue into the community, however long term, it will taint the community. Visit nearly every Wal-Mart in the greater Columbus area and notice the rift-raft they attract. Id rather look at vacant building than the Scum-hole Wal-Mart will become. Having a Wal-Mart does not fit the image Westerville has been attempting to portray. The community has just taken a hit on quality of living and its reputation.
I wonder what "rift raft" (sic) you are talking about? Can or will you elaborate?
Pat

Westerville, OH

#9 Jul 6, 2011
Is Kroger that is just across the street open 24 hours?
TICON

Westerville, OH

#10 Jul 6, 2011
Close to otterbein rd wrote:
I see 6 incumbents going down this fall, We will remember this come election day!
Where do we sign the petition for a referendum in November to eliminate the betrayal of the 6 incumbents to its citizens and plan in the code for a neighborhood center? We need a fast meeting of all concerned. How about a court injunction, etc.? Need to have tables at the art and music festival with legal petitions to sign!!!! Need to post a place to meet, like now!!
Pam Clegg

Columbus, OH

#11 Jul 7, 2011
The article in ThisWeek states: Councilman Craig Treneff cast the only no vote. Treneff said he believes the redevelopment violates parts of Westerville's zoning code, including the South State Street plan, the South State Street overlay and Planned Community Commercial zoning code.
"We've got to follow our code," he said. "It doesn't fit within the code. It doesn't fit within the studies or the overlays."
Treneff said the redevelopment plan does not fit city development standards that call for environmentally friendly designs, pedestrian connections, better connections to surrounding areas, imaginative site and architectural design and more beneficial use of the land.

I cannot help wondering why motions pass if they violate code.
These people aint right

Seymour, IL

#12 Jul 7, 2011
Brian D wrote:
Bad Wal-Mart decision.
and will be the demise of uptown and small community based businesses in the vicinity. I thought Westerville attempts to portray a certain image of its community?
The uptown area will be the demise of itself. Most shops there are only open past 6:00 PM one day a month and most are not open Sunday. I do not want to hear them complain about walmart stealing business because Walmart does not sell antiques, secondhand merchandise, and the curios found in the uptown shops. Remember folks there is no crying in business.
These people aint right

Seymour, IL

#13 Jul 7, 2011
Pam Clegg wrote:
The article in ThisWeek states: Councilman Craig Treneff cast the only no vote. Treneff said he believes the redevelopment violates parts of Westerville's zoning code, including the South State Street plan, the South State Street overlay and Planned Community Commercial zoning code.
"We've got to follow our code," he said. "It doesn't fit within the code. It doesn't fit within the studies or the overlays."
Treneff said the redevelopment plan does not fit city development standards that call for environmentally friendly designs, pedestrian connections, better connections to surrounding areas, imaginative site and architectural design and more beneficial use of the land.
I cannot help wondering why motions pass if they violate code.
It passed because the redevelopment met city codes as reviewed by the planning commission. Treneff was just grandstanding as usual and it suprises me that the no one else followed suit.
answer

Westerville, OH

#14 Jul 7, 2011
Pam Clegg wrote:
The article in ThisWeek states: Councilman Craig Treneff cast the only no vote. Treneff said he believes the redevelopment violates parts of Westerville's zoning code, including the South State Street plan, the South State Street overlay and Planned Community Commercial zoning code.
"We've got to follow our code," he said. "It doesn't fit within the code. It doesn't fit within the studies or the overlays."
Treneff said the redevelopment plan does not fit city development standards that call for environmentally friendly designs, pedestrian connections, better connections to surrounding areas, imaginative site and architectural design and more beneficial use of the land.
I cannot help wondering why motions pass if they violate code.
Well, it must be because the other council people lack the intelligence to read and comprehend the code. Otherwise they would come to the same conclustion as Craig Treneff.
These people aint right

Seymour, IL

#15 Jul 7, 2011
TICON wrote:
<quoted text> Where do we sign the petition for a referendum in November to eliminate the betrayal of the 6 incumbents to its citizens and plan in the code for a neighborhood center? We need a fast meeting of all concerned. How about a court injunction, etc.? Need to have tables at the art and music festival with legal petitions to sign!!!! Need to post a place to meet, like now!!
How about walmart on lewis center, or the one in dublin? they both have subway shops for a snack.
These people aint right

Seymour, IL

#16 Jul 7, 2011
Brian D wrote:
Bad Wal-Mart decision.
It appears big corporate persuasion got the best of our city council. This is a failure of representing the community and will be the demise of uptown and small community based businesses in the vicinity. I thought Westerville attempts to portray a certain image of its community? It may create jobs and bring in tax revenue into the community, however long term, it will taint the community. Visit nearly every Wal-Mart in the greater Columbus area and notice the rift-raft they attract. Id rather look at vacant building than the Scum-hole Wal-Mart will become. Having a Wal-Mart does not fit the image Westerville has been attempting to portray. The community has just taken a hit on quality of living and its reputation.
Elitism and is alive and well in Westerville. Too late because the community is alraedy tainted by your attitudes towards others. No tolerance in your house I guess.
Westervill gal

Cleveland, OH

#17 Jul 7, 2011
Brian D wrote:
Bad Wal-Mart decision.
It appears big corporate persuasion got the best of our city council. This is a failure of representing the community and will be the demise of uptown and small community based businesses in the vicinity. I thought Westerville attempts to portray a certain image of its community? It may create jobs and bring in tax revenue into the community, however long term, it will taint the community. Visit nearly every Wal-Mart in the greater Columbus area and notice the rift-raft they attract. Id rather look at vacant building than the Scum-hole Wal-Mart will become. Having a Wal-Mart does not fit the image Westerville has been attempting to portray. The community has just taken a hit on quality of living and its reputation.
I don't believe Wal-Mart will be the demise of uptown. I will shop at Wal-Mart for items they sell that I need. I will still shop at the specialty shops uptown when I need items from there. Wal-Mart doesn't compare when you need a specialty gift. How many of our Westerville residents shop regularly at Encircle, Blue Turtle, DejaVu, or any of the other specialty shops? Do you all even know what is uptown? I would venture to say you all go elsewhere for your daily necessities.
As for rift-raft, look around, we are not an elite community. Check out the Speedway and notice the "gangs" of kids that hang out there. Take a walk on the path behind the store and take in the aroma of weed. Folks, Wal-Mart will not change our standards, we have already done that.
Westervill gal

Cleveland, OH

#18 Jul 7, 2011
Pat wrote:
Is Kroger that is just across the street open 24 hours?
Yes.
NY FAN

Columbus, OH

#19 Jul 7, 2011
think this is a great thing, change is good and progress is even better. This is a Win, Win for the city of Westerville. So all of you crybabies out there need to shut your Pie Holes
I Or better yet just move I’m sure there’s a nice cave some where out in the middle of know where you can live in and the only change you will have to worry about is the seasons so when winter comes along and it’s 20 below zero I bet then you wish you had a WAL-MART near by to get a coat and hat and some firewood! In closing I bet those kids behind the speedway token on the dope at least one of them belong to you.ROCK ON HADLER and all of your hard working employees that helped make this happen.
WTH

Westerville, OH

#20 Jul 7, 2011
Close to otterbein rd wrote:
I see 6 incumbents going down this fall, We will remember this come election day!
I only see one.

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