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    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Been reading a bit about the Westerville Walmart this morning. Wondering what folks on CU thought since Walmart is always an interesting topic around here. ;)

    Proposed Westerville Walmart criticized, defended

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2010

    BY ELIZABETH GIBSON

    THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

    City officials say deliberation over the proposed Westerville Walmart is likely to take months, but it kicked off last night with an impassioned two-hour debate.

    Objections ranged from questions about the landscaping to an unabashed hatred of the retail chain.

    READ MORE: http://www.dispatchpolitics.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/10/28/copy/proposed-walmart-criticized-defended.html?adsec=politics&sid=101


    Residents Have Mixed Feelings About Westerville Wal-Mart

    By DENISE YOST

    Published: October 27, 2010

    A Central Ohio suburb has mixed feelings about a Wal-Mart coming into their neighborhood.

    While some are excited about the possibility of new jobs for the area and discounted merchandise, small business owners already dealing with a similar kind of megastore are afraid the Wal-Mart might hurt their bottom line more.

    READ MORE: http://www2.nbc4i.com/news/2010/oct/27/residents-have-mixed-feelings-about-westerville-wa-ar-273134/

    #410439
    Snarf
    Snarf
    Participant

    Westerville and Walmart go hand in hand in my opinion. It’s not Upper Arlington or Worthington, it’s Westerville for crimeny sakes.

    #410440
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Uptown Westerville is nice, and so is the Otterbein campus. I don’t think it would fit in there.

    But I imagine Walmart is proposing something on the northern outskirts where it would fit right in.

    #410441
    Snarf
    Snarf
    Participant

    ^True, but as you say it’d go on the outskirts so there’s no real issue says I.

    #410442

    Nitsud Regnifloh
    Participant

    what if they erect one like this…

    #410443

    Nitsud Regnifloh
    Participant

    ahhhhhhh

    #410445

    Nitsud Regnifloh
    Participant

    ahhhhhhh, again

    #410444
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    I thought they only built them like that when totally forced to in more urban areas. ;)

    #410446

    Pablo
    Participant

    It appears this Walmart will replace/rehab an existing shopping center. I think that’s a lot better than paving a corn field.

    #410447

    SamuraiJack
    Participant

    Last I heard this was going at Schrock and Westerville Rd where the strip mall sits mostly vacant and looking dated and decrepid

    #410448
    Jason Powell
    Jason Powell
    Participant

    Two words…..TRAFFIC NIGHTMARE.

    #410449

    mBuckeyem
    Participant

    That rendering above is actually pretty close to what the planning commission envisions that part of State St to look like. They’ve created an overlay district with fairly strict design standards. They want buildings to be closer to the street with wide sidewalks and parking behind the structures similar to the way Uptown looks. Somewhere on westerville.org there is a video layout of this.

    The developer has thus far chosen to ignore these “suggestions” and it sounded like the plan he was going to submit was just going to be a remodeled strip mall structure similar to the Bethel Rd. Walmart.

    That area can’t handle any more traffic than it already has.

    #410450

    gramarye
    Participant

    From the Dispatch article:

    Company representatives said they courted 22 retailers, but Walmart was the only one willing to take on a lease and be part of the revitalization.

    I don’t think Wal-Mart is a bad company, but even a bad company is better than a vacant Lazarus site.

    To those voicing objections about the potential increase in traffic, I simply note that any use of that site would (hopefully!) result in an increase in traffic vis-a-vis the (deserted) status quo. By making the objections about traffic, you implicitly concede that the Wal-Mart would be very popular there. In addition, as the article reported, the site has been shopped to many retailers and only Wal-Mart has shown interest.

    So if Wal-Mart wants to anchor the site (and no one else does) and everyone, even the opponents, admits that it will be popular, why exactly should it not come in there?

    If we want to talk about curb cuts, aesthetic consistency, etc., those are other issues.

    #410451

    Wolf Starr
    Participant

    We can do better.

    #410452

    Tigertree
    Member

    I disagree that a bad company is better than a vacant site. Look at the Arena Distric uproar over the casino. I am not advocating one way or the other for a Walmart in Westerville, and I don’t think Walmart and a casino are at the same point in the bad company spectrum. I just don’t think that is a true statement.

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