I'm just not sold on the viability of a big new fashion/retail area in Columbus. The market seems to be very saturated right now.
Another mall to the size of Tuttle, Polaris or Easton is unnecessary. A handful of retailers may be interested in the West Side, but I'm not convinced that a "Weston" development is sustainable along side the other big malls.
Residents wont move to a place where the is no retail and there isnt much around this area of the West Side. Tuttle is over 10 years old and its going to get replaced eventually... and to be honest. that time is here.
Tuttle is 15 years old, and I agree that it will either need a major makeover or will be replaced sometime in the next 5-15 years. I think it's more likely that a big mall developer is going to look to the northwest (Dublin) or southwest (Grove City) before they look toward the demographics of the West Side. Big box / mall retailers go where the best customer base is located.
i travel around the city for work,and from what i have seen,every side of town has been put on some sort of standby in Columbus,while the downtown area is exploited heavily.
Are you talking about public investment or private development? And are you referring to retail development specifically (malls?) or development in general. I'd argue that the entire country saw a big lull in development from 2008-2011, which we're only starting to come back out of this year.