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Far West Side revival plotted to reverse decline

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The Dispatch wroteWest Side revival plotted

Local governments uniting to reverse regional decline

Monday, November 12, 2007

BY MARK FERENCHIK

A plan to revive the faltering Westland Mall and soon-to-close Delphi Corp. plant could ultimately include a tax- sharing agreement between Franklin County, Columbus and Franklin Township.

It’s a plan of regional importance to try to reverse the long slide of a once-thriving area now plagued by blight, crime and vacant stores and apartments.

The city intends to annex the Cooper Stadium site in Franklin Township. In exchange, Columbus would not pursue annexing Delphi or Westland, both in the township. County Commissioner Mary Jo Kilroy said commissioners intend to approve the stadium annexation at their meeting Tuesday.

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