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  • #410483

    somertimeoh
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    gramarye said:
    A note about traffic:

    I’ll make a prediction here, if people want to take me up on it: When this store is complete, the traffic at this intersection will not be significantly greater than it is now.

    My reasoning: Traffic tends to expand to fill the infrastructure available to contain it. The reverse is true, too. Some more people will come through that intersection to get to Wal-Mart, but others will find other routes to avoid it. This is the converse side of the same principle advanced by urban planners against ever-expanding road networks out into the hinterlands: they cause as much traffic as they alleviate.

    If there were a way around it we’d be doing it now, lol. With the huge corporate compounds, hospitals, and strip malls there aren’t a lot of alternate thru streets to divert traffic. It all flows in and out of the same 3 or 4 intersections for a TON of people who work, live, and retail in those areas. There’s no multi lane divided mini-highways to help flow, a la Polaris or Sawmill and no where to really expand those roads much. Normally, I don’t get concerned with these types of traffic issues (you live in the burbs, you should expect it), but it just seems like there has to be a better place to put this thing – vacant and expansive lots on Cleveland closer to Polaris or closer to Worthington border perhaps? And I’m not a WalMart hater so it’s not that either – I’d be just as peeved if it was Target, IKEA, or Whole Foods :)

    ETA for perspective – One day last week a cop had a car pulled over on Schrock between State and Cleveland (10 feet from a lot they could have pulled in to, grrrr) and it added 25 minutes to my drive home…AT 4:15, not 5 or 5:15! Any little bit of added congestion just puts everything at a standstill because there’s no where for people to go.

    #410484

    johnwirtz
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    Have you tried Cooper Rd as an alternate route? I haven’t used it in many years, but it used to be a good shortcut depending on where you are going from/to.

    #410485

    somertimeoh
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    johnwirtz said:
    Have you tried Cooper Rd as an alternate route? I haven’t used it in many years, but it used to be a good shortcut depending on where you are going from/to.

    I typically sit on Cooper Rd for the first 7 – 10 minutes of my commute before I get to Schrock/Cleveland to get on the highway. By 4:30 it’s wrapped all the way around from where Chase employees enter/exit down to the driving range.

    I know people that aren’t in this area at rush hour must think this is all just a bunch of whiners, but it really is chaotic and scary because of all the impatience, people not paying attention, and frustration.

    #410486

    johnwirtz
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    Sounds bad. Glad I don’t live and/or work there.

    #410487

    News
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    Walmart’s Westerville foes want to take fight to ballot
    Friday, July 8, 2011
    BY COLLIN BINKLEY
    THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

    A group of residents has vowed to seek a referendum in an attempt to block a planned Walmart in Westerville, but the developer said the residents have no legal ground. Ultimately, a court might have to decide.

    READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2011/07/08/walmarts-westerville-foes-want-to-take-fight-to-ballot.html?sid=101

    #410488

    News
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    Westerville Community Continues To Fight Wal-Mart
    By STEVE WAINFOR
    Published: July 22, 2011

    Westerville volunteers are collecting signatures to try and stop a Wal-Mart from coming into their community.

    READ MORE: http://www2.nbc4i.com/news/2011/jul/22/1/westerville-community-fights-walmart-ar-630784/

    #410489

    News
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    Petitions filed for Walmart referendum
    Thursday, August 4, 2011
    By JENNIFER NESBITT
    ThisWeek Community Newspapers

    The city of Westerville has received 125 petitions containing 2,330 signatures to place a referendum of council’s Westerville Square redevelopment decision before voters.

    READ MORE: http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/westerville/stories/2011/08/03/Petitions-filed-for-Walmart-referendum-in-Westerville.html?sid=104

    #410490

    News
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    Westerville Walmart Petition Fails

    WESTERVILLE — The Franklin County Board of Elections notified Westerville officials Tuesday morning that petitions opposing plans for a Walmart to be built in the area fell short by 36 signatures of the number needed for a referendum attempt.

    READ MORE: http://www.abc6onyourside.com/shared/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wsyx_vid_12961.shtml

    #410491

    News
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    Experts say Walmart delivers both positives, negatives
    Wednesday, August 24, 2011
    By JENNIFER NOBLIT
    ThisWeek Community Newspapers

    Editor’s note: Who wins with Walmart? The answer depends on whom you ask. This is the first in a four-part print series on the impact of Walmart stores on select central Ohio communities.

    The construction of a Walmart doesn’t necessarily spell doom and gloom for existing businesses in a community, but the world’s largest retailer can have both good and bad effects on a city, according to local experts.

    READ MORE: http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/reynoldsburg/stories/2011/08/24/walmart.html?sid=104

    #410492

    News
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    Walmart arrival elicits mixed reaction among businesses
    Friday, September 9, 2011
    By JENNIFER NESBITT
    ThisWeek Community Newspapers

    Westerville’s businesses agree on one thing: Walmart’s move into the community will have an effect on what they do. What they don’t know is what that effect will be.

    “There’s an overall concern. You don’t take the largest retailer in the world and plop them a mile down the street and not think it’s going to affect your business a little,” said Westerville Uptown Merchants Association president Kriss Rogers, owner of Outside Envy.

    READ MORE: http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/marysville/stories/2011/09/09/walmart-arrival-elicits-mixed-reaction-among-businesses.html?sid=104

    #410493

    gramarye
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    Wal-Mart may deliver positives and negatives, but you have to be really politically anti-Wal-Mart to suggests that the positives are fewer and the negatives are greater than a vacant lot at a critical intersection.

    #410494

    johnwirtz
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    gramarye said:
    Wal-Mart may deliver positives and negatives, but you have to be really politically anti-Wal-Mart to suggests that the positives are fewer and the negatives are greater than a vacant lot at a critical intersection.

    I don’t disagree with you in this case, but the way you stated that makes it sound like you think any development is better than no development at any high traffic location. That seems like a stretch to me.
    1. I don’t think people should have to settle for bad design just because the land is currently undeveloped and/or vacant.
    2. There are vacant buildings that are important to preserve. See Cleveland’s historic Columbia building for an example. It is being torn down to make way for casino parking. Do the positives outweigh the negatives there?
    http://clevelandmagazinepolitics.blogspot.com/2011/06/columbia-building-will-be-razed-for.html

    #410495

    patient_zero
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    Construction began today, pulling away some of the structure of long abandoned retail space, including the former Lazarus, in the Westerville Square Shopping Center.

    A few night pics:

    http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2012/06/14/westerville-wrecking-crews-make-way-for-new-westerville-walmart.html

    #410496

    ricospaz
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    Glad I don’t live there anymore.

    #410497

    News
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    Westerville Walmart project gets its start
    Business First by Brian R. Ball, Staff reporter
    Date: Thursday, June 14, 2012, 4:02pm EDT

    Redevelopment of the tired Westerville Square Shopping Center began Thursday with the property developer’s son knocking down some the plaza that will get a scaled-down Walmart store before the $16 million project is completed in 2013.

    READ MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2012/06/14/westerville-walmart-project-gets-its.html

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