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Westland Mall Redevelopment

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    Pickerington_Kyle
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    There’s to much retail development outside city center. Why create more, so less people would visit downtown? I don’t see the need for a “Weston” if Turtle is about 10 minutes away.

    #511475

    dubdave00
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    Pickerington_Kyle said:
    Why create more, so less people would visit downtown? I don’t see the need for a “Weston” if Turtle is about 10 minutes away.

    I completely agree but most of these type of developers are about making money first and foremost. If there’s a way to reach an untapped market, they will. The developers get out usually in the first few years, so what do they care if the lifespan is only 20 years? The trend towards mixed-use is growing but some of these developers will milk the suburban market as long as they can.

    Like you said, Weston’s biggest challenge would be that the established “upscale” market is at least 10 minutes away in Hilliard or Dublin (Competing against Tuttle) and the emerging “upscale” is another 10 – 15 minutes away in Grove City.

    #511476

    Polis
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    Walker said:
    There is a “Weston Vision” economic development plan, but it doesn’t specifically outline an Easton-like lifestyle shopping center. I think there’s just some confusion because “Weston” sounds like “Easton”.

    Well there goes my suggested motto, “Weston: The Easton of the West.”

    #511477
    Manatee
    Manatee
    Participant

    Mister Shifter said:
    My vote is for a Fashion Bug supercenter.

    Hahahahaha!! Could there also be a Dots?

    #511478

    buckette13
    Member

    Westland Mall redevelopment popped up in the Tuttle Mall thread (yes, Tuttle is hurting now) and I want to say one thing.

    I HOPE WESTLAND IS NEVER REDEVELOPED AS A MALL OR STRIP RETAIL CENTER.

    There, I said it. Westland is dead. It died due to many factors but those factors are alive and recurring in Columbus to this day. It was nice while it lasted (I loved it as a kid), so was Delphi. As Bruce Springsteen would sing ‘They’re gone and they aren’t coming back’. We need to think outside of the box and that includes big box retail.

    I wanted to say this because I know so many people who live in the area (Westgate, Highland West, etc) who keep pinning there hopes that one day the mall will reopen all sparkly and the everything will then be right with the world. So much has changed in retail – the internet being a major factor – we can’t keep looking at the past.

    step’in off the soapbox now.

    #511479
    Caleb
    Caleb
    Participant

    Do you live on the West Side buckette13?

    #511480

    buckette13
    Member

    CalebR said:
    Do you live on the West Side buckette13?

    I grew up in what is now called Highland West. ;) I am neighborhood hopping now, currently in 5xNW but still have a lot of connections in the old hood.

    #511481

    Pickerington_Kyle
    Participant

    buckette13 said:
    Westland Mall redevelopment popped up in the Tuttle Mall thread (yes, Tuttle is hurting now) and I want to say one thing.

    I HOPE WESTLAND IS NEVER REDEVELOPED AS A MALL OR STRIP RETAIL CENTER.

    There, I said it. Westland is dead. It died due to many factors but those factors are alive and recurring in Columbus to this day. It was nice while it lasted (I loved it as a kid), so was Delphi. As Bruce Springsteen would sing ‘They’re gone and they aren’t coming back’. We need to think outside of the box and that includes big box retail.

    I wanted to say this because I know so many people who live in the area (Westgate, Highland West, etc) who keep pinning there hopes that one day the mall will reopen all sparkly and the everything will then be right with the world. So much has changed in retail – the internet being a major factor – we can’t keep looking at the past.

    step’in off the soapbox now.

    I’ve always thought they could build a metro/light rail from Weston and have it run through the North Side of Franklinton and Stop at Vet’s Memorial, Convention Center/Nationwide Arena, and have it break off and have a track go to Easton and the Other track go to CMH.

    #511482
    Caleb
    Caleb
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    buckette13 said:
    I grew up in what is now called Highland West. ;) I am neighborhood hopping now, currently in 5xNW but still have a lot of connections in the old hood.

    so then are you against the whole Weston vision for the mall? or just redevelopment all together? what do you propose we do?

    #511483
    derm
    derm
    Participant

    They can do whatever they want as long as they leave La Plaza Tapatia untouched.

    #511484

    AmandaShannon
    Participant

    brothermarcus said:
    Yeah, no. There’s no counterpart to New Albany on the West side filled with discretionary spenders to motivate high-end retail tenants… the casino will bring things to the West side, but you may want to lower your sights a little bit to see the target.

    I think this doens’t necessarily matter. Easton as you probably know is also surrounded by less than desirable areas which also brings just as many people. Not to mention the out of towners (coming from areas like Newark, Zanesville, Delaware, etc.) that make up a good percentage of the crowd I would imagine. I think there is enough close to the west side like Dublin money, Hilliard, even people would probably come from anywhere in Columbus to shop there if it existed.

    Now that being said, I don’t think anything will rival Easton as they have the corner on the market for retail and all that, and I certainly think it would be more difficult to revitalize the west side (harder than building on basically a field which is what Easton was built on) but just pointing out that being adjacent to a wealthy suburb is not necessary to build shopping.

    #511485

    billbix
    Member

    I think Easton works because Les Wexner has the pull to bring in the unique retail and the smarts to keep Easton fresh. Both take lots of money and connections.

    I can see maybe turning Westland into something more like the Grandview Yard hopes to be but it lacks the central location of the Yard and would need a deep pocketed developer such as NRI. Even then it makes me think that it would have been easy to redevelop the Continent years ago if there was high demand for that.

    I drove around the Westland area a couple of months ago and I was surprised by the number of shady apartment complexes around it. That is probably something else that needs addressed.

    #511486

    leftovers
    Member

    I have distant memories of going to Media Play just across the street from Westland and thinking how great it was to have all that stuff nearby. Then they invented the internet.

    #511487
    Caleb
    Caleb
    Participant

    Most of those apartments need torn down. Too much bad history with those apartments.

    #511488
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    leftovers said:
    I have distant memories of going to Media Play just across the street from Westland and thinking how great it was to have all that stuff nearby. Then they invented the internet.

    Heh. I only went in that store a few times. My haunt was the New Market Mall where you could find Media Play and Comp USA all under one roof. My two favorite stores as a teenager!

    But yeah… like you said… then they invented the internet.

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